Charging non-smokers (some electric vehicle observations)

In Colorado, it takes a month or two for the bureaucratic gears to turn far enough to allow permanent registration of a new car, so the Bolt EV's turn came up recently. Like all new cars, it was expensive to register, but there was one component of the cost that was a surprise: Colorado adds a $50 annual surcharge to EV registrations.

The reasoning perhaps makes sense: since we're no longer buying gas, we're not paying gas taxes. But the car still definitely uses the roads, and the roads have to be paid for. This charge, it is argued, is just making up for what is lost in gasoline taxes. Colorado charges $0.22/gallon in taxes, so that's like charging us for 227 gallons of gas. We work from home, and so didn't use a whole lot of gasoline in the first place. So this looks like a tax increase over here.

Governments become dependent on revenues from cigarette taxes as well. Perhaps they should start taxing non-smokers, who are selfishly avoiding paying those taxes?

The EV tipping point

Meanwhile, it seems that falling battery prices mean that EVs will be price-competitive with internal-combustion cars (without tax credits) by 2022, at least in some markets. Given how much nicer EVs are in many ways, even without considering things like carbon footprints, that suggests that a big tipping point is coming fairly soon.

It can't happen too soon.

Range anxiety

One last thing about EV range... Mileage numbers for gasoline-powered cars always come in pairs: city and highway. The city mileage is always worse, due to the start/stop nature of city driving.

EVs turn that around. Regenerative breaking and lower speeds mean that they are at their most efficient in the city. It's when you get out onto the open road that the car loses efficiency and the range drops. That is something one has to take into account when planning road trips.