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Possible New Annual Fee For Electric Car Drivers

SPOKANE, Wash. - Drivers who invest in an electric car to save money on gas may have to pay more with a new annual fee.

State senators approved a bill that would impose a $100 annual fee on electric cars to recover lost gas tax revenue.

Right now the average driver pays about $200 a year in gas taxes. Lawmakers say the state needs that money now more than ever.

Rick Pebeles, a Nissan leaf car salesman, says even if the bill does pass, it probably won't deter buyers because they already save thousands of dollars on gas and through other tax breaks.

"There's a $7,500 federal tax credit, also there's zero sales tax in state of Washington on the purchase of electric cars," says Pebles.

The bill moves now to the House. If approved, drivers would pay the fee every year when they get their car tabs renewed.

The fee is expected to bring in around $400,000 dollars in 2013.

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