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We’ll need to replace the gas tax in transition to ZEVs


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California should reinvigorate effort to research and introduce a road users charge – in effect trading a gas tax for a fee on miles traveled.

By Loren Kaye, Special to CalMatters

Loren Kaye is president of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, a think tank affiliated with the California Chamber of Commerce, loren.kaye@calchamber.com.

It’s full steam ahead for the Newsom administration’s zero-emission vehicle strategy. But this enthusiasm for a new generation of automobile technology may degrade the very roads they drive upon.

The governor kicked his clean car initiative into high gear last September with an executive order requiring all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero-emission by 2035. He went further in January by earmarking nearly $1.5 billion of one-time and future revenues to increase the pace and scale of new electric vehicle charging and hydrogen fueling stations, and provide subsidies for new and used zero-emission vehicles and equipment.



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