June 9, 2015 | OReGO Communications
(Note: As of January 1, 2018, the OReGO per-mile rate is 1.7 cents to coincide with the state fuels tax increase from 30 to 34 cents per gallon.)
Owning a hybrid car or electric vehicle (EV) is all about going green and saving some green at the same time.
Fewer emissions, lower fuel costs and insurance premiums, tax credits and higher resale values are just a few of the many rewards associated with driving an EV or hybrid. What’s not to love?
And for Oregonians who drive hybrids and EVs, it’s often about more than saving the planet and saving dollars. According to a recent ODOT survey, most also support pitching in their fair share to help keep our roads and bridges safe and in good shape.
While saving money on gas is a great reason to own a hybrid or EV, paying less in gas taxes means you may be contributing less than your fair share for road improvements for each mile you drive.
How can hybrid and EV owners help?
In addition to saving the planet and saving some green, hybrid owners can also help save Oregon’s highways by joining OReGO starting July 1. (Soon, EV owners will also be able to participate in OReGO as new technology is developed that will allow EVs to communicate with the OReGO system. Until then, EV drivers should join the OReGO interest list and the community forum on MyOReGO.org to contribute to the discussion and evolution of road charging. You’ll be the first to find out when EV technology is ready for you to try OReGO yourself.)
While it’s true that hybrid drivers (and, eventually, EV drivers) will pay a few dollars more a month with OReGO than they pay in fuel tax, the average contribution of $16.20 per month is just a fraction of the cost savings gained from fewer trips to the pump. All vehicles that enroll in OReGO pay the same rate per mile while receiving a credit on any state fuel tax used to travel those miles.
The infographic to the left (view larger here), for example, shows how much a Prius owner still saves while paying her fair share for good roads and bridges
See for yourself
Head on over to the OReGO Calculator to see how much you’d pay each month using OReGO. Just enter your estimated monthly mileage and vehicle mpg rating to compare your road usage charge payment with what you’re currently paying under the state gas tax. It’s that simple! If you’re a hybrid or EV owner, you’ll be surprised how little it would take each month to pay your fair share.
Feeling charged up and ready to pitch in? Head on over to the Interest List today to be first in line when the volunteer doors open on July 1st.
OReGO: Better roads. Happy Drivers.
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