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Electric vehicle owners could see huge registration fee.  A new bill was just filed that would put an additional $200 onto the registration of electric vehicles in the Tampa Bay area.   To me, this seems a little steep.

Being an electric vehicle owner myself, I’m not a fan of this bill at all.  A lot of EV owners drive electric cars to help the environment.  The car payment alone is already super steep because the cost of the car is sometimes more then an average car.   We also have to “pay” for the electricity.  My electric bill went up about $75 – $80 a month with my Tesla.

This bill was filed by Republican Senator Ed Hooper  who proposes that drivers of EV need to pay more.  A similar bill was introduced last year, saying that there are more EVs on the road than ever anticipated.  He believes this is a fairness issue and that “The free ride needs to come to a stop”.  There is no free ride when you buy an EV.

The $200 fee would be on top of the registration fees that are already required.  If you drive a hybrid vehicle, you would have to pay $50.   Wow, that is quite a difference.

This is just for the state of Florida.  About 30 states have a registration fee  ranging from $50, which is the lowest, to $211, which is the highest, which is in Georgia.

Where Does The Extra Money Go

Where does this extra money go?  64% of the funds would be deposited into the State Transportation Trust Fund and 36% would be allocated to the county where the vehicle is registered.  It’s state funding for road repairs and other infrastructure improvements.

The 2024 legislative session begins in January. If passed, the bill would go into effect on July 1, 2024.   in the story from WESH, Bruce Edelston, chair of the policy committee of Drive Electric Florida says that a more comparable fee to what gas-powered car drivers pay would be between $125 and $150.

Either way, it stinks for EV drivers.  Both Kevin and Launa from the show have a Tesla.

Most Targeted Vehicles For Car Theft In Florida

So, what are the most targeted vehicles for car theft in Florida? Well, there is one item on these cars that is being stolen and thieves want their hands on it. The catalytic converter is being targeted now more than ever. It contains precious metals and those metals are getting more expensive. The report come from CARFAX, who put together a list of the top vehicles for car theft in Florida.

So, what is a catalytic converter? CARFAX says, “Catalytic converters are a key component of a car’s emissions control system, reducing the amount of pollution coming out of the tailpipe. They transform hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides – the bad stuff – into oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide.” Inside the catalytic converter there are precious metals like: palladium, rhodium, and platinum.

Catalytic converters have been on cars since 1975. Electric cars don’t have them because they don’t have an exhaust system. It also doesn’t take long to remove it. A small saw can remove it in less than 60 seconds.

How to prevent thieves from stealing it? Experts say to buy a catalytic converter anti-theft device. It is a metal plate that shops can add on to your car. You can also get your VIN number engraved on the converter. That makes it much tougher for the thief to sell it.

Check out the top cars that are being stolen below.

[SOURCE: ABC Action News]

  • Ford F Series truck

    The F-150 is the most popular vehicle in history. It also comes in #1 on the list.

  • Honda Accord

    It is America’s second most sold mid-size sedan in terms of popularity. It is only behind the Toyota Camry.

  • Toyota Prius

    The Prius is a hybrid and thieves are targeting those vehicles more. They contain more of the precious metals.

  • Honda CR-V

    The crossover has been produced by Honda since 1995.

  • Ford Explorer

    The Explorer was introduced in 1991, but they can thank Jurassic Park for taking it to the next level. It was the vehicle featured on the tour they go on in the movie.

  • Ford Econoline

    The Econoline is a full size fan that has been around for over 60 years.

  • Chevy Equinox

    Chevy announced an EV of the Equinox, but the gas powered version is on this list.

  • Chevy Silverado

    The signature truck for Chevy. Thieves like this truck also.

  • Toyota Tacoma

    First released in 1995. It has been named Motor Trend‘s Truck of the Year before.

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