[Oeva-list] OEVA on KATU tonight at 6 pm

Lawrence Winiarski lawrence_winiarski at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 1 15:38:16 PDT 2011

I was told this wasn't public???

Can we still submit comments?


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--- On Fri, 4/1/11, Gary Graunke <gary at whitecape.org> wrote:

> From: Gary Graunke <gary at whitecape.org>
> Subject: [Oeva-list] OEVA on KATU tonight at 6 pm
> To: oeva-list at oeva.org
> Date: Friday, April 1, 2011, 2:32 PM
> KATU was out filming my Insight this
> afternoon for a news story on the mileage 
> tax for EV's. It will be aired at 6 tonight. I gave Tim a
> ride around the 
> block, and there might be some footage of that.
> Of course, they asked me about my feelings regarding the
> proposed EV mileage 
> tax. I had thought about submitting comments (they are due
> today), but due to 
> a bad sinus infection I did not get to it.
> I said I am more than happy to pay my fair share--even more
> than my fair share 
> if that helps us develop EV infrastructure so that we can
> go more places, 
> increasing the value of our EV. 
> I indicated that we should avoid increasing the cost of an
> EV--we don't want 
> to require a $500 device to collect $50 a year in road
> taxes. We used to 
> simply pay more to register an EV to make up for the gas
> tax reduction. For 
> the near term, even if the most optimistic EV deployment
> projections are met, 
> there will not be enough to make any significant financial
> benefit for road 
> maintenance. Longer term it may make sense when all cars
> are equipped to do 
> this (and we are not being discriminated against by having
> to do this 
> earlier). Between a base charge, and a tax on the DC quick
> charge stations 
> (for those of us doing longer trips), it should be easy let
> us pay a 
> reasonable amount.
> As an example, I mentioned the PUC idea of having us
> install an expensive 
> second meter to save very little for EV charging. Our
> electricity is cheaper 
> than California, and the PGE TOU rate (since we charge
> mostly at night) is 
> very close to the proposed EV rate with no up-front cost
> for a second meter.
> The initial cost is the major barrier to EV adoption. We
> save big on fuel 
> costs and maintenance, but the initial price of a vehicle
> with adequate range 
> is still much more than a gas car. So adding more initial
> costs to the EV will 
> just slow adoption and negate other policy initiatives. 
> I did mention that as income tax payers, we pay for
> guarding the straits of 
> Hormuz for oil shipments, but have no direct benefit. 
> I wish I had thought of the benefit to gas cars of not
> increasing their gas 
> price due to the reduction in demand of those of us not
> using gas. We're 
> saving every gas owner money by not competing with them.
> This needs to be 
> quantified before we can use it as an argument.
> Anyway, it was a long interview, so it will be interesting
> to see which 5-
> second sound bytes are used on the air.
> Gary
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