What will re­place lost gas tax rev­enue?

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Elec­tric car ques­tions

The move is on to have all cars run on elec­tric stor­age bat­ter­ies. Very lit­tle has been writ­ten about power costs, gaso­line vs. elec­tric. Here are a few cal­cu­la­tions:

Present gas mileage is about nine litres per 100 km. That’s about $9/100 km. Tesla ad­ver­tises the Model 3 as achiev­ing 500 km on a charge of 100 kWh, or 20 kWh/100 km. Presently my elec­tric bill is about $0.175/ kWh with all charges in. Off-peak use is charged at $0.077/kWh plus HST. That would be $1.54/100 km.

For the com­muter who drives 100 km per day, this dif­fer­ence in fuel cost can be­come a big fac­tor.

Fed­eral gas tax is now $0.143/litre or $1.29/100 km, and HST is about $1.03/100 km. The tax con­tent of elec­tric­ity is HST at $0.20/100 km.

There is now no high­way tax on elec­tric­ity. Since we’ll be able to charge our cars at home in off-peak hours, how will gov­ern­ment re­place the dis­ap­pear­ing rev­enue? Ron Fast, An­caster

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