As cars get more efficient, their owners spend less money on fuel. That’s good for their wallets and for the environment, but not so good for the nation’s infrastructure.
That’s because road maintenance is heavily reliant on revenue from gas taxes, and that revenue is shrinking as cars use less fuel–and those that run on grid electricity use none at all.
This has led some states to levy a tax on electric cars, but Oregon is pioneering a more comprehensive solution.
It’s looking into whether gas taxes can be replaced by a per-mile road-use fee for all cars.
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