Well how about:Yanquetino wrote:Oh, I know mine is not the only state lacking an EV incentive. What I tried to say is that mine is probably the only one to have had an incentive in the past, yet this year has eliminated it entirely for pure EVs like the LEAF. I would be most curious to know if any other state has taken a step backwards like that --right when EVs are coming to market!
- Single-Occupancy HOV usage by "Clean Fuel" Vehicles on I66 (a main artery into D.C.) was closed to cars purchased after 1 July 2011; with the LEAF delayed even to order until late July, this effectively means that, although Tesla Roadsters purchased and Smart EDs leased and early Volts can use the HOV lanes, the LEAF, Ford Focus EV, Fisker and any subsequent EV can't, but a 10 year old Prius or Insight can and more. The only HOV lanes the LEAF can use are the HOV lanes on the VA 267 Toll Road / Greenway.
- Although just an oversight by the county, Arlington Co, VA, where the Pentagon is located, it's located across the river from D.C. technically provides a personal property tax discount to hybrid vehicles under Virginia Code 58.1 - 3506, which states in part:
which originally covered EVs until the law was (in my opinion appropriately) amended:Virginia Code 58.1 - 3506 wrote:Motor vehicles which use clean special fuels as defined in § 46.2-749.3
whereVirginia Code 58.1 - 3506 wrote:22. Motor vehicles which use clean special fuels as defined in § 46.2-749.3, which shall not include any vehicle described in subdivision 38 or 40;
Thus, effectively my reading of the law says Hybrids ("Clean Fuel") vehicles pay lower taxes but since EVs are now explicitly excluded, until they're added back, they're also excluded from the discount. Loudoun County's law is up to date with a 50% or so tax discount for EVs replacing the discount for Hybrids. Loudoun County, VA, BTW, is classed as the richest county in the country. Fairfax, the second or third richest county, has no car tax incentives!Virginia Code 58.1 - 3506 wrote:40. Motor vehicles powered solely by electricity; and
Not that is has much to directly do with the LEAF, but IIRC we currently stand at about 4-5% unemployment for College-aged students, 9% or so for folks with a high-school diploma and 18-20% for folks who never finished high school. Just goes to show how important education is in the modern economy.LeafinThePark wrote:2 - The economy pretty much stinks right now, but a lot of people that are interested in the Leaf are college educated individuals who tend as a group to be less effected. that said I do think this will cause Nissan to expand the market as soon as they can.
Man, if they do that to me, I'd be like: "And you'll pay for the gasoline? That stuff's crazy expensive! I ain't gonna pass this up. Can't afford to drive with gasoline myself! Too expensive and dangerous! "tps wrote:So rather than get me primed for a LEAF at the Philly Drive Electric event, it seemed like they were trying to convert me to a Versa (they kept asking if I'd like to test drive a Versa); maybe this was so they could take my order right away. I'm not sure quite what to think of it, even after I've had some time to think about it... It seemed as if they wanted me to buy a Versa rather than a LEAF. Not a tactic that makes sense if they need more LEAF orders!
One last point: it's my plan to argue Fairfax County should create an EV Tax Rate for:
- No nasty emissions where children play in residential neighborhoods
- Take high-tech jobs from Loudoun County (my friend on the Loudoun County board of Supervisors wasn't too amused with that one).
- The LEAF is already 2.4 times more expensive than it's gasoline equivalent, so it's tax should be based on MSRP divided by 2.4 or so, not based on the exorbitant MSRP that we got shafted with in the 2012 model.