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Road Tax Charge (UK)

Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:19 am

Recently bought i3 ReX 67 plate. Fuming to be told after the completed sale, Annual Road Tax is £120.
Just really don't understand. Any suggestions as to why this might be? If that can be changed?
Friends have full petrol cars and pay either nothing or £20 a year!
Many thanks

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Re: Road Tax Charge (UK)

Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:27 am

My guess is that taxes on petrol pay for road maintenance. Since your car doesn't use petrol, they have to get the taxes out of you a different way.

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Re: Road Tax Charge (UK)

Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:58 am

I have a January 2017 I3 REX which I pay £0.00 road tax. If you have an I3 registered after April 2017 I believe you have to pay annual road tax which I think is £135.00....... sorry for the bad news..... seems a bit harsh!

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Re: Road Tax Charge (UK)

Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:05 pm

May depend upon the juristicion - has something changed in April 2017?
I'm in NZ and EVs currently have temporary exemption from Road User Charges - which apply to "non petrol powered vehicles" at the rate of 7c per km travelled.

The i3 REX does use petrol, its a PHEV. I imagine if full road tax were to be applied to PHEV, there would be inequity.

For example, Mitubishi Outlander PHEV might do 200km in a day of which only 35km can be sourced from external electricity.
The i3 PHEV forcibly runs a 10km mtce cycle every 60 days on petrol also the earlier models would be using petrol for more than half a 200km journey.

Petrol is taxed something like 70c a litre and other fuels - Diesel, kerosine and electricity are not, but vehicles pay the road tax. Petrol PHEV should not be paying both.

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Re: Road Tax Charge (UK)

Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:11 pm

As more and more EVs hit the roads, paying for the highway infrastructure based on fuel taxes will become way lopsided. Expect everyone to eventually end up paying a per distance tax and the fuel taxes at the pump may go away. The administration of that could be messy, but I think it will happen, maybe sooner rather than later in some markets.
Jim DeBruycker
2014 i3 BEV, 2021 X5 45e
(The i3 will be sold soon, <17K-miles, interested?)

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