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Tampa Bay lawmaker proposes electric vehicle fee in Florida

Republican Sen. Ed Hooper filed the bill. Officials say imposing a new registration fee would help the state make up for lost gas tax revenue.
 
An electric vehicle charges at an EVgo fast charging station in Detroit, Nov. 16, 2022.
An electric vehicle charges at an EVgo fast charging station in Detroit, Nov. 16, 2022. [ PAUL SANCYA | AP ]
Published Sept. 13, 2023

Florida electric vehicle owners would pay a registration fee aimed at helping make up for lost gas-tax dollars, under a bill proposed Tuesday by Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Chairman Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater.

The proposal (SB 28), filed for consideration during the 2024 legislative session, seeks to impose a yearly registration fee of $200 on electric vehicles that would be in addition to regular registration fees. The cost would go up to $250 starting in 2029. An annual fee of $50 a year would be imposed on plug-in hybrids.

The legislative session will begin Jan. 9. The Senate during the 2023 session unanimously approved a similar measure, but the bill wasn’t picked up by the House.

Florida uses gas-tax revenues to pay for transportation projects. But a Senate staff analysis of the 2023 proposal said an increase in the use of electric vehicles could result in a 5.6% to 20% drop in “motor-fuel based revenue streams” by 2040. The analysis said 31 states impose some form of registration fee on electric vehicles.