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Illinois proposes $1K annual registration fee for electric cars

Owners of all-electric vehicles in Illinois may get a huge shock to the wallet — thanks to a proposed $1,000 annual registration fee.

The proposed hike is more than 57 times the current yearly fee of $17.50 for electric vehicle owners in the state.

It’s part of proposed legislation that also targets the owners of gas-fueled vehicles to help fund $2.4 billion in projects such as roadway improvement.

Under the bill, the state’s gas tax would jump from 19 cents a gallon to 44 cents and the cost of standard vehicle registration would increase from $98 to $148, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Those who drive hybrids and plug-in electric hybrids wouldn’t have to pay the higher registration fee involving all-electric vehicles, according to Chicago state Sen. Martin Sandoval, a Democrat who introduced the legislation earlier this week.

“Capital bills in Springfield are like the second coming of the cicadas — every 10 years — and that’s not the way to go in regards to funding our infrastructure,” Sandoval said, according to NPR Illinois. “This is a transformational model. And hopefully, when we get done with passing this sustainable capital bill, we won’t have to have another press conference like this 10 years from now.”

But Tesla owner Nicoletta Skarlatos of Chicago said the idea is simply “unfair,” even counting the $7,500 in federal incentives and $4,000 in state ones she received when she bought her Model S in 2014.