You could bring up the fact that other states are starting to renew the reduced license fees (in IL, 100% electric vehicles can be registered for 2 years at $38 versus ICE cars at $99/yr); our law on this is quite old but as Chicago could always improve its air quality it's good to see some recent action on it. As always, you'll probably need to contact your lawmakers versus your ADOT but couldn't hurt!Azrich wrote:Today I wrote an email, in their fill in the blank form, to the AZ Dept of Transportation asking them to consider a reduced registration fee for electric vehicles. If you think it could help go to https://wwwa.azdot.gov/contact_adot/index.aspx and send them a message.
Here is what I sent to them today:
Tucson and Phoenix are two of the eight U.S. cities where the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle will be introduced in December 2010. Nissan expects to sell about 1000 LEAFs by early 2012. This vehicle has zero emissions. Would the ADOT please consider reinstating the reduced registration fee for this new type of alternative fuel vehicle? The federal government is investing in the installation of hundreds of charging stations in Tucson, Phoenix, and the corridor between the two cities. I would ask you to please consider creating a special, lower registration fee for all 100% electric vehicles. Thank you.
Actually SB, there will be more than 8 U.S. cities in the initial rollout. Some people get confused about that. For instance, when they say 'Phoenix', that doesn't just mean Phoenix the city or Phoenix Proper, but the surrounding cities like Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Avondale, etc. There are many 'subcities' that make up Phoenix. For instance, here in Tempe, the dealer closest to me is going to have the LEAF for the initial rollout, as well as the next closest in Chandler. I also believe that CA isn't just San Diego, but probably at least LA too. The same for all five states. So that's why it is just better to stick to 'a 5-state-rollout' terminology or 5 state regions.SBNissanLeaf wrote:Pardon my ignorance about something that you all here may have already discussed.
What are the 8 U.S. cities receiving Nissan EV's in December 2010?
We at the dealership level really have not been informed much yet.
Richard, we don't want the hybrid plate reinstated! Hybrids like the Prius use GASOLINE and shouldn't even be allowed to use the HOV lanes. They still may give them to bi-fuels, but they shouldn't for them either. I'm glad that they discontinued that! The LEAF and other DEDICATED alternative fuel vehicles are in a WHOLE different class than hybrids as far as ADOT is concerned. We ALREADY have the reduced fees for BEVs and dedicated CNG vehicles like my Honda Civic GX. So pleeeeease, don't ask for ANY program like the hybrid one. Thanks.Azrich wrote:redLEAF, I used the AZ DOT formula to determine registration and license fees for the first year and I might be paying $550 !! Then they depreciate the value of the vehicle 16% each year. I know when I bought my Hyundai ($23,000) in 2003 my fee was about $425 for the first year. Now it is under $200. In 2002 they gave alternative fuel vehicles like the Prius a very reduced rate around $35 a year. This no longer exists but needs to be reinstated.
Good idea, I'll write my state legislators but as you might of heard, they are not the brightest bunch.