Owning a car means paying an annual registration fee. In Idaho, gasoline-fueled car owners pay in the neighborhood of $45 to $69, plus some fees depending on the county. But if you own an electric vehicle (EV) in Idaho, you’re paying an additional $140 per year, or an additional $75 for a plug-in hybrid.
Why does Idaho charge this EV tax? Because the Idaho Legislature doesn’t think EV owners are paying their fair share for roads through gas taxes.
This is a terrible policy for Idaho. Because we don’t have any gas supplies in our state, Idaho imports 100% of our vehicle fuels, and we pay higher than average prices as a result. Why not use electricity produced in Idaho instead? As Idaho Power explained: “For years, Idaho Power has worked to expand EV adoption in the state,” the company tweeted. “This proposal runs counter to those efforts and the efforts of many others.” We agree.