News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Wayside Furniture

Greater Akron Chamber

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us

Ohio lawmakers consider incentives for electric cars and other alternatives
Environmentalists are pushing for more

Andy Chow
Ohio lawmakers are considering incentrives for electric and natural-gas-powered vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Volt.
Courtesy of GM
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

In the battle against pollution, environmental activists see carbon emitting cars and trucks as major enemies. A new study suggests that electric vehicles can make a drastic difference. 

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports on the push for tax credits and other incentives.

LISTEN: Call for more electric cars

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:33)

 With a growing number of electric vehicles on the road, America is on its way to eliminating a huge amount of climate-changing pollution. That’s according to a report released by Environment Ohio, which says adding more electric vehicles would be equivalent to taking 78,000 carbon emitting trucks and cars off the road by 2025. 

Bringing down the costs
The group’s Nate Lotze says Ohio could follow the lead of other states that have implemented policies to encourage electric vehicle use. 

“Georgia, for example, offers up to a $5,000 tax credit. Washington state offers sales-tax exemptions. And the bill sponsored by Rep. O’Brien would also offer financial incentives to own and drive these cars.” 

Democratic Rep.Sean O’Brien of Hubbard says his bill will utlimately make the electric vehicles and cars that run on compressed natural gas more affordable to more Ohioans.

“That’s one of the biggest drawbacks — especially with compressed natural gas -- is the price of the vehicle and the conversion kit. What we’re trying to do here is get that cost down.”

What about the highway fund?
O’Brien’s bill passed the Republican-dominated House unanimously. While policymakers are trying to encourage the purchase of electric, CNG and other fuel-efficient cars, the U.S. Department of Transportation is working on a different problem.

The Highway Trust Fund running out of money. Much of the money is directed back to the states for road construction, and it comes from the gas tax. If more people own lternative vehicles, people would pay less in gas taxes, which would mean even less money for the Highway Trust Fund. O’Brien says his bill includes a tax on CNG vehicles.

“We feel that if a vehicle’s on the road it should pay for the infrastructure as well as everyone else.”

When it comes to electric vehicles, Cynthia Maves with Clean Fuels Ohio says other states have come up with new fees that would make up the difference of lost revenue. 

“Virginia has put in place a certain amount of dollars — I think it’s $100 that they’re taxing the electric vehicles. Oregon is right now developing a pilot project where they’re using vehicle miles traveled to charge the non-petroleum fueled cars accordingly.” 

In the report, Environment Ohio includes a call for the state to implement a Zero Emission Vehicle program, which requires automakers to sell more electric cars.




Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

New options in Ohio for secular wedding ceremonies
Hello Mike, I support this action. I was not previously aware of the difficulty couples may encounter in locating officials to serve in their non-religious mar...

Northeast Ohio prepares for the next refugees -- whoever they may be
What a better place to place refugees than in the Midwest cities that have a steady population decline. These refugees will bring much to the culture and the ec...

Charter reform bill includes controversial change for some teachers
I work for a former White Hat charter school; it was sold to another (for-profit) company this past summer and we were told that they would not pay into STRS/PE...

Bhutanese resettlement has had a big economic impact
Informative especially for nonmembers of North Hill. I appreciate the fact that you mention that the younger generation has an easier time than the elders but t...

Ottawa County Commissioner sworn in as new house member
Congratulations on your new appointment to the Ohio House. I'm certain you will do an outstanding job in your new role representing our district. When you have...

Holden Arboretum opens a new canopy walk and emergent tower
Visited the Holden Arboretum today to witness the incredible work you did constructing the tower and bridges.WOW! Very impressed. Knew the build had to be great...

Local club works to bring back the once-prevalent American elm
I would love to help! Where would I get some of the new Strain so I could plant them?

Four Geauga school districts consider consolidating on the Kent State campus
Berkshire was smart to merge with Ledgemont because it had shrinking enrollment and excess capacity at its high school. Now that Cardinal is dragging its feet ...

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University