Cars and trucks generally pay their road taxes through the gas pump… those taxes are added to the price of a gallon of gasoline.
But hybrids and straight electrics use as much pavement, but much less (or no) gasoline. Which is why the Oregon Legislature will allow cars and light trucks to pay up to a penny and a half per mile traveled.
We should stress here... the program is VOLUNTARY, and not intended to take effect until the middle of 2015. We get the lowdown on the mileage-charge program.
[We had a misfire with our planned guest; this segment , intended for November 11, will be re-scheduled]