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Illinios stops funding their GO GREEN program

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by TomServo, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. TomServo

    TomServo Member

    Apr 10, 2014
    Belleville IL
    I managed to get it twice, once for my 2012 Volt and again for our 2013 Volt.

    Bummer, for future EV buyers, that $4K helped offset some of the additional cost.
  2. tomas

    tomas Only partially psycho

    Oct 22, 2012
    Not just this, but also curtailing solar/wind rebates. Clearly, Rauner is determined to slash budgets indiscriminately. Somewhat understandable in view of the state's atrocious fiscal situation... but disappointing that the guv can't see to continue funding for forward-thinking initiatives. I'll bet Commonwealth Edison is not bearing any brunt. If anyone knows better, I'd love to hear.
  3. Thud

    Thud Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Georgia is doing the same. The $5000 EV tax credit is being replaced by a $200 annual fine for having an EV. They really want to discourage EV sales for some reason.
  4. djplong

    djplong Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I calculated how much fuel taxes I've been paying over the last few years. Basically, I could replace all that fuel tax money with a $20/mo payment to some authority. In an era where our roads and bridges are crumbling, it's the height of arrogance to be annoyed over having to pay something towards that upkeep when you now have a way to avoid, in my case, the other *$180*/mo I was spending on gas. It's sad they're getting rid of the incentive to BUY a BEV but don't begrudge the state the money to keep those roads maintained. Remember - in a BEV nirvana, there are NO vehicles paying gas/diesel taxes. I wouldn't call $200 a fine.
  5. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

    Jun 21, 2012
    For what it's worth, they are at least paying those solar/wind rebates that were in process - I got a letter this past week with the payment request forms, and they said they would issue payment this week. I was fearing I'd be out $10k.

    But I definitely know my Model X won't get a $4K incentive.

    I think someone calculated the actual gas taxes paid in a year for the average driver, and I think it was between $100 and $200, so a fee within that range (Missouri's is $75, for example) seems pretty reasonable.
  6. omgwtfbyobbq

    omgwtfbyobbq Active Member

    Aug 24, 2013
    Southern California
    I don't see anything wrong with fees for road use, but they should be proportional to damage due to equivalent FE/mileage (direct physical damage to roads) as well as the time spent on roads/mileage (damage from weather). Since EVs minimize both time spent on roads in most cases and weight in most cases, they should pay less than most cars.

    With that said, at Georgia's ~$.44c/gallon state+federal fuel tax, they're charging an EV owner for the same amount of wear a vehicle that gets ~30mpg causes. A small EV at 100+MPGe does not cause the same wear and tear as something like a large hybrid SUV.

    They should base it off of weight, MPGe, and ask people to self report mileage/time driving. It won't be perfect, but it'll at least be fair.

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