Minnesota legislators consider annual fee on electric vehicles

Midwest Energy News: The Minnesota Legislature is considering two bills that could add an $85 to $125 annual fee for electric vehicle drivers.

The legislation stems from concern over the loss of tax revenue from gas receipts, even though Minnesota has fewer than 4,000 electric vehicles on the road. State Rep. Pat Garofalo, a Tesla owner and EV supporter, authored HF 1133, which would assess an $85 annual fee.

The fee would only be paid by vehicles powered by electric motors and give those drivers the right to use MnPASS express lanes free of charge. A companion bill is in the Senate.

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