The San Jose Mercury News published an article that contains some interesting statistics and trends about the gas tax and gas consumption in California. Gas consumption has dropped in the last six years and dropped 2% in the first two months of 2013, perhaps due to the Model S?
On Monday July 1, California gas taxes are increasing by 3.5 cents per gallon for a total of almost 72 cents per gallon. The nationwide average gas tax is 49 cents and California has the highest tax in the nation.
Due to a number of factors including electric cars, more fuel efficient vehicles and the recession, the number of gallons of gas sold in California dropped from 15.9 billion in 2006 to 14.6 billion in 2012.
In the first two months alone of 2013, the consumption of gas was down nearly 53 million gallons, or about a 2 percent decrease. This two percent decrease occurred at the same time when the Model S production ramped up!
A typical person who drives 15,000 miles a year at 20 mpg pays about $479 per year. This tax increase adds about $25 per year to the bill.
Essentially a Model S is receiving from California a yearly rebate of about $500 per year. A somewhat hidden financial incentive to drive an EV.