Owners of electric vehicles and gas-electric hybrid vehicles will soon pay new fees for registering or charging up at public stations.
The new annual ownership fee structure includes the following:
- $120 for electric vehicles
- $60 for hybrids
- $60 for electric motorcycles
These fees are directed into the Road Fund, which pays for road construction, maintenance, engineering, planning and research.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will mail a postcard to vehicle owners who are subject to the fee. Payments can be made online at EVHV.ky.gov.
“Sharing the roads also means sharing the cost to maintain them,” said KYTC State Highway Engineer James Ballinger.
“With the rise in hybrid and EV owners in recent years, the ownership fee helps ensure their contributions to the Road Fund match those of the majority of Kentucky drivers who drive a gas or diesel-powered vehicle and pay associated taxes.”
The new fees were created with passage of House Bill 360 in the 2023 Kentucky General Assembly.
Another piece of legislation, House Bill 8, added a dealer tax of 3 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity for EV charging stations.
Similar to Kentucky’s Motor Fuels Tax, it will be added to the selling price of the charge to those who operate charging stations. The tax revenue goes to the Road Fund.
Currently, Kentucky has over 9,000 registered electric vehicles, including motorcycles, and over 60,000 hybrids.
For information about Kentucky’s electric vehicle infrastructure, fast charging stations, a map of current Alternative Fuel Corridors, future high-priority routes and more, visit evcharging.ky.gov.