D.C. councilmember Mary Cheh told Bloomberg that “you can’t ban sales of these things, but you can make them pay their own way.” Electric vehicles are not immune, though Cheh has suggested a 1,000-pound weight credit to help ease the pain. That’s good news for owners of vehicles like the GMC Hummer EV, which weighs more than 9,000 pounds.
Cheh’s fee structure leaves the registration charges for cars under 3,500 pounds at $72 per year. Registration charges for vehicles weighing between 3,500 to 5,000 pounds will increase to $175, and the fee for vehicles between 5,000 and 6,000 pounds will increase to $250. The proposal does not leave an exception for people who require a large vehicle for work.