Illinois Wants To Charge Electric Car Owners $1,000 Annual Registration Fees

Lawmakers in Illinois have proposed a hike in registration fees for electric vehicles across the state.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the bill introduced last week by Chicago state Sen. Martin Sandoval would see annual registration fees for electric vehicles rise to $1000, almost 60 times more than the current amount of $17.50. In addition, the state’s gas tax would be more than doubled to 44 cents a gallon while the registration for standard vehicles would jump from $148 to $98.

Officials from the state assert that the legislation will raise $2.4 billion for future projects, including improvements to roadways.

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The reason why Illinois officials are targeting electric vehicles with huge registration vehicles is quite simple; it doesn’t collect any gas tax revenue from EVs. However, the proposal has upset electric vehicle owners in the state, including 56-year-old Tesla owner Nicoletta Skarlatos.

“It’s outrageous. I thought Illinois was progressive and would want to encourage EV (electric vehicle) ownership,” she said.

In a statement, a spokesman from electric vehicle startup Rivian said the proposal would discourage the adoption of EVs.

“Imposing fees on EVs that are over 400 percent more than their gasoline-powered counterparts is not only unfair, it discourages promising new technology that will reduce our dependence on petroleum, reduce emissions, and promote the Illinois economy.”

There are currently about 15,000 electric vehicles registered across Illinois.

“Every automaker has broadcast loud and clear that the future of automotive is autonomous and electric,” Edmunds analyst Jeremy Acevedo said. “Certainly, going from $17.50 to $1,000 in terms of registration, isn’t going to move the needle in the direction the industry is hoping.”

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  • Six_Tymes

    he must be a democrat, all they do is complain and raise taxes

    • Dark Rebel

      Yea and don’t worry next year the cost will be $1050.

  • AintYerPa

    Hallmarks of a bankrupt state… And, BTW, if it wasn’t already common knowledge – Obama’s home state… Yup – the one with the Murder Capital, Chicago!

    • Dark Rebel

      Illinois has always been corrupt no surprise to those who know a little history. Their license plate should just be of a gangster holding a tommy gun.



      • AintYerPa

        Colored? What decade are you from?

        or should I say Century?


          • AintYerPa

            What “DO WE ALL KNOW”, Mr. All CAPS? Why don’t you spell it out…

            SEE YA.

          • AintYerPa

            Well, whatever it is you are trying to accuse me of is most likely an illness you yourself are afflicted with… In good leftist fashion…

          • $50 he has TDS

  • Honda NSX-R

    That’s pathetic

  • LJ

    As a citizen of the dumpster fire known as Illinois, this doesn’t surprise me one bit. Our great state has been decimated by decades of idiotic Democrat policies and corruption. If it weren’t for family, my wife and I would leave in a heartbeat.

    • Move a state east.

  • Nexus7

    Those taxes go to infrastructure. Pay up! Electric car drivers aren’t special and don’t warrant consideration over regular car drivers.

    • TheBelltower

      Do the taxes go toward infrastructure? That’s what is supposed to happen, but I’d like to know if that’s really true. Plus, $1000 is about 4X what is fair to make EV’s on par with ICE vehicles.

      • Kyle Newberry

        Nope, they go to Unions (aka the mafia) and back to Madigan.

        • TheBelltower

          These taxes are sold to voters as being necessary for infrastructure, which everyone supports. But then the funds clearly aren’t being used this way. Meanwhile, the national infrastructure is crumbling. Such a scam.

  • robotlogic

    It’s just another cash grab by politicians. If it was truly about electric car owners not paying their fair share than why are they also doubling the gasoline tax at the same time?

  • ME

    Glad I don’t live there. Why should they charge when these cars permit no toxins.

    • Sovereignty

      Using the average CO2 output of the European electricity network, a new study has concluded that an electric car using a 60kWh battery made in Europe would have to travel some 700,000 kilometres (435,000 miles) before it is “greener than an average petrol car”.

      The IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute came to a similar conclusion in 2017, stating that an EV with a big 100kWh battery – manufactured on a grid that was between 50-70% fossil fuel – has emitted between 15 and 20 tonnes of CO2 before it has turned a wheel.

    • brn

      Because lack of toxins don’t build and maintain roads.

  • Jason Miller

    “In addition, the state’s gas tax would be more than doubled to 44 cents a gallon while the registration for standard vehicles would jump from $148 to $98.”

    Backwards? Should be $98 to $148? In any case, wish mine were that low. Just had to pay $362 for my 2 year old car…

  • Dark Rebel

    Jez I really can’t stand that State! All they do is raise taxes for everything and they wonder why people leave that state. I take that back they don’t think! Ridiculous!

  • Saucisson_Pinard

    It looks like our french politics invaded a new country.

    • ChrisInIL

      We now pronounce it “Ill-o-nwah”.

  • Mr. EP9

    Yeah, I don’t see that happening.

    • ChrisInIL

      You’re not from Illinois, so you don’t understand.

      Announcing a proposed tax is only a formality.

  • Emoto

    Isn’t Illinois the state who managed its money so poorly that they couldn’t pay the lottery winners?

  • Tex

    They are bankrupt. It is the pension thing moving money from the private sector to the public employees. Too many promises with other people’s money. They will tax everything, even going to the bathroom. That is all they know. “If something goes wrong, raise taxes and everything will be fine” is their motto.

  • Bash

    Crazy! It can’t be true.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    I don’t know the political situation, but the tax is just fair. Other cars already pay it with the fuel, electric pay it separately.

    • Problem is, electric cars are very expensive and come with serious drawbacks when it comes to practicality. The cost of use and ownership is the only thing that would push people to buy electric cars… and so Gvt and companies to invest in infrastructures for EVs. So cheap gas and taxes won’t EVs. I’m not for all EVs, but as much as I love V8s, we need both.

  • ace_9

    😀 nice, I know many reasons why electric cars won’t work as a global way of transportation directly replacing oil burning vehicles, but this would have never occurred to me. But it is of course inevitable that electric cars will be much more expensive to drive than conventional ones. Taxes are only one part of it. So many people are pro-electric, but let’s see after 20 years, fools 😀

    • Kyle Newberry

      In the US, it’s not really a ‘luxury’, it’s a necessity for anyone not in a city.

      • ace_9

        Yes yes, 40+ k$ cars are not a luxury… Even if you see it that way, it will be a luxury in the near future, when the prices for cars and running costs would be much higher than today.

        • Kyle Newberry

          I say we have at minimum 10 years for things to fully come about. I’m not even saying 40k cars are not a luxury, they are. However, the majority of cars sold in the sub 30k market are not luxury.

  • Stephen G

    The only way to keep taxes fair is to charge by the mileage driven.

    • brn

      The problem is measuring miles driven on public roads for a given state.

      • Nick099

        Yeah, so the poor working slob that has to drive 50 miles one way for a mediocre job gets stiffed by the Big Brotards right???

        Then there is all that cost by contractors that will stick it to the idiot progressive weenies who are too dumb to do anything themselves.

        Wait for that bill.

        The ill effects are endless. The only people advocating for such nonsense are idiots and delusional statists.

      • ChrisInIL

        Mileage in Illinois is always going to be a little bit higher than measured during certain times of the year.

        The additional distance is a result of having to navigate around and through potholes.

        The real problem in this state is corruption. The government is corrupt (we keep sending our governors to jail, though), and the road constructors are corrupt (we keep paying them billions of dollars and the roads are pure crap).

    • Nick099

      The only way to keep things fair is to outlaw tax and spend pols….and their supporters.


  • Sovereignty

    Currently car owners are generating billions for governments from fuel duty (i.e. taxes). Most nations will look to tax EV owners at some point over the next ten to fifteen years if large numbers of people shift away from using fossil fuels.

    • Nick099

      Then there is that whole financing the new electric grid thing out on the horizon…and all the juicy kickbacks the pols and their cronies will get.

  • Paul

    Looks to me is a way to get money from them somehow because they don’t pay gas tax at the pump like the rest of us do. Most places siphon this money off into upkeep for the roads and things too if I’m not mistaken so it is sort of justified..

    • Nick099

      Except that money gets put into a road repair fund. Nope. It goes into the General Fund so it can be used for anything.

      Can you say scam?????

  • Nick099


    What did anyone think the Demtards were going to do….allow people to pay less in taxes??? Too funny.

    Loved the conclusion done by the nitwit from Edmunds—-“Every automaker has broadcast loud and clear that the future of automotive is autonomous and electric,” Edmunds analyst Jeremy Acevedo said.”—-

    Yeah sure they have cause government says so. Not because people want it. Gas is cheap. ICE engines are reliable now more than ever. They produce big power and cost little by comparison. So we need Big Brotards to tell us the sky is falling, the world is ending and gas is about to run out….and the “clean solution” is an premium-priced electric powered car, energized by a battery from China with elements from Bolivia and the Congo….that explode upon contact with moisture.


    • Mike D

      Lol. You realize electric motors make more power and are more reliable than ICE engines, right? They also produce zero carbon emissions while running. Climate change is the driving factor for the electrification of the auto industry.

      That being said, I still want ICE cars for enthusiast reasons, but it is what it is.

      Also, how did this go from taxes being raised for electric cars in IL to a partisan issue? Can’t we have discussions without bringing in left this, right that?

  • Daniela Wolf

    Just fair! U own a car therefore u will pay fees for ur car.

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