The part of this that bothers me, other than the seemingly random amount of $1,000 that does seem far too excessive, is the hypocrisy and shortsightedness of this fee (and similar fees popping up in other states). One one hand we have a desire as a nation to reduce oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, so we give tax benefits and, in some states HOV lane access, for hybrids and electric cars to incentivize people to buy them. Now, on the other hand many states want to charge them excessive fees to make up for the theoretical loss of gas taxes (though these owners already pay taxes on the electricity they use to charge these cars). We need to make up our minds around a reasonable and consistent strategy… I know, that’s asking a lot.
Add to this the absurd toll fees that Illinois residents and visitors have to pay to travel on interstate highways. Where is all of that money going if not to fix those roads?