To the Editor:
A June 17 editorial asks: "Should EVs help pay for highway maintenance?"
Yes, they should, at least in time. Perhaps we can regard their free ride on fuel taxes as a subsidy justified by the societal benefits of electric vehicles in the initial stages of the market.
However, as the proportion of EVs in use grows, they will have to begin contributing to infrastructure costs.
At what point should that happen? Consider: The more EVs there are on the road, the bigger the lobby opposing a fee or tax will be. Thus we should not wait too long before we ask EVs to pay their fair share.
Under the current system, with the tax paid reflecting the amount of fuel used, people who drive more miles and who drive bigger vehicles contribute more. That's fair.
Ideally, a system that taxes EVs for their road use should have a similar effect.
Mountain View, Calif.
The writer is an analyst with consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.