Hybrid vehicle owners would pay fee under NC bill, electric car owners would pay more

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RALEIGH, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) -- It could soon be more expensive to own a hybrid car or truck in North Carolina.

Under a bill approved by a senate committee Wednesday, owners would pay an annual registration fee to offset the gas taxes they are saving when their vehicle is moving on battery power.

Owners of hybrid cars and trucks would start paying an annual registration fee of $87.50 in 2020; then raising to $112.50 in 2021; and finally going to $137.50 in 2022.

Senate Bill 446 would also more than double a registration fee that owners of fully electric vehicles already pay every year in lieu of gas taxes.

The annual registration fee for electric vehicles—$130 now—would go to $275 by 2022, more than any of the other 19 states with similar fees charge now.

The legislation was introduced by im Davis and Tom McInnis, Republicans who head the transportation and transportation appropriations committees.

The bill is designed to help offset the declining revenue generated by the fuels tax as cars and trucks get better gas mileage or don’t use any gas at all.

This story was reported on from Charlotte, N.C.