UK government imposes 30% tax on electric vehicle charging to fund petrol price cuts, US Republicans also considering it

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Britain’s environment-focused climate plans suffered a major setback when MPs narrowly voted to introduce taxes on public electric vehicle charging stations to help offset soaring petrol prices.

From May, the cost of charging an electric vehicle’s battery at a charging station operated by one of the UK’s public charging networks will be subject to a 30% charge. The money raised will be used to subsidize the reduction of duty on a liter of unleaded by 30 pence ($0.18). The cut comes on top of another 15p cut announced by the Chancellor last month, which critics say did not go far enough.

Senior executives from Blink, Chargepoint, Electrify England and EVGO all expressed dismay at the news. “This is exactly the kind of retrograde thinking we might have expected from the former Trump administration in America,” said Avril Frost, CEO of London-based J-ezed, which cooperates with more than 700 stations in England, in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“Fortunately, we know that the huge cost of buying an electric car means that most EV drivers can afford it anyway, and most have big homes so can use their battery chargers. gone, which are not affected by the tax, but that’s another thing,” she added.

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UK electric vehicle drivers face a 30% charge when using public chargers; home/work expenses are exempt

Drivers of electric vehicles are, however, understandably disappointed by the news. “I’m furious,” MG ZS owner Jen Hickinbotham told Carscoops. “I was persuaded to ignore the fact that my car is causing me range anxiety and terrible driving by the promise of cheap electric charging,” said the Stevenage resident and celebrity social media miner who claims in her money-saving blog that composting saves her. hundreds of pounds every year on bills. “All of a sudden the government just got rid of the USP from my car.”

Sylvester J Pheltherbush, Tory MP for Crumpet and a senior adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said the move was unfortunate but the only feasible and fair way to reduce fuel prices in the UK.

“Some of my local constituents have been paying up to five guineas for a gallon of unleaded for the past few weeks,” Montague explained. “And this is on top of the alarming increases in the price of domestic gas and heating oil. We had no choice but to introduce this measure to help the most disadvantaged in society.

And it appears the UK’s decision has sparked the interest of politicians across the Atlantic. “I’m very reluctant to go down the EV route, as some of you may know,” said Sen. Dick D. Hardagan, Representative for Arkansas. “I think we should first focus on helping hard-working Americans with hard-working trucks, and I have no doubt that my fellow Republicans will offer their vocal support when I introduce a similar bill to the House next week.

However, Tesla boss Elon Musk seemed indifferent to the UK government’s decision or Senator Wilson’s desire to replicate it on this side of the Atlantic.

“Can’t say too much yet,” Musk replied to a poster on Twitter asking about it. “But working on over-the-air updates for UK drivers which will help reduce any additional charge. The same technology is coming to the United States soon,” the company’s CEO wrote without giving further details.

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