Thursday, July 21, 2022

Gas Tax

I noticed while renewing my Jeep's Ohio license plates that there is an extra charge per year, $100 for hybrids and $200 for EVs.  Now I understand that the state needs to replace gas tax money, currently 38.5 cents per gallon, to fund roads, but I had to wonder how the flat rate compares to the per gallon rate given the number of miles we drive each of our cars and their fuel economies.

I drive my Jeep about 3,000 miles per year and it gets around 15 MPG, so according to the table below, I pay about $77 per year in gas taxes.  If I replace the Jeep with an EV, I'll pay $200, about 2.6 times more.

Our Infinity G37x gets driven about 11,000 miles per year and gets about 20 MPG, so we pay almost $212 per year, so switching to an EV would save us $12 a year.

You can see how it would impact you by using the table below.  If you fall into a green-shaded square, switching to an EV will save you tax money. 

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