Texas lawmakers seek gas tax alternative as electric car industry grows
The test drive is over. Researchers in a new report claim electric vehicles are helping fight global warming. That success also has road-builders and state lawmakers worried. “Electric cars are putting the brakes on pollution.” That’s the headline from a report released Tuesday by Environment Texas.
"They work, absolutely,” said Luke Metzger, who is the Director for Environment Texas. You can’t deny the numbers. There are 220,000 plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles currently rolling on American roadways. Adding more, Metzger argues, will help fight global warming. "Just in Texas alone we could reduce carbon pollution by 1.3 metric tons by 2025," Metzger said.
Tax credits and rebates can reduce sticker shock. For example a $34,000 Chevy Volt could end up costing $24,000. That’s still a bit pricey for some and the savings over a gas guzzler are still a little fuzzy, especially with the uncertainty of future battery replacement costs. Despite that, electric car advocates remain optimistic.