New York city officials say a $2.75 per gallon tax on diesel trucks would help reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The city is considering a proposal to impose a fee of $2 per gallon on diesel vehicles, a move that would raise $1 billion annually over five years, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in an interview.
The tax, called the “zero-emission truck tax,” is also being considered in Philadelphia, where the city council is weighing a plan to levy a similar tax.
De Blasio says he’s considering other ways to boost the citys electric vehicle fleet.
The $2 fee would apply to all diesel vehicles and trucks, including the citywide fleet of diesel-electric hybrid vehicles.
It would also be included in the city tax on vehicles with a gross weight of at least 500 pounds and include a 2.5 percent surcharge for each additional kilowatt-hour of energy used.
The proposal would raise about $1.2 billion annually, according to city officials.
It’s the first time the city has imposed a tax on the electric vehicle industry, which has grown rapidly in recent years.
The City Council is expected to vote on the proposal next week.