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Controversy Over Proposed EV Taxes in New Zealand

Controversy Over Proposed EV Taxes in New Zealand

In New Zealand, proposed new taxes on electric vehicles (EVs) have sparked controversy for being excessively high, according to critics from the moto

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In New Zealand, proposed new taxes on electric vehicles (EVs) have sparked controversy for being excessively high, according to critics from the motor industry and consumers. The government plans to introduce Road User Charges (RUC) exceeding $70 per thousand kilometers for EVs, a move described as a ‘penalty on a plug’ by opponents. Joint submissions by motoring groups suggest lower rates, warning that the current proposal could deter EV adoption. Concerns are also raised about the impact on EV demand and the market value of EVs and plug-in hybrids, amid fears that the change could delay the goal of leveling charges between petrol and EVs, potentially hindering New Zealand’s environmental targets.

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