Illinois is one of 30 states that do not charge owners of electric and hybrid cars an annual fee to make up for lost motor fuel taxes, but that could change.
Advocates for the fees believe electric and hybrid car owners are getting enough incentives already. Federal tax credits for the vehicles range from $3,000 to $7,500. But Illinois stopped offering rebates because of its money woes.
“Anybody that suggests taxing electric vehicles is going to solve the gas tax problem is not doing the math,” said Jen Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council. “These bills are just a penalty to electric vehicle owners.”