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Title: Primer on Motor Fuel Excise Taxes and the Role of Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficient Vehicles

Motor fuel taxes were established to finance our nation’s transportation infrastructure, yet evolving economic, political, and technological influences are constraining this ability. At the federal level, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which is primarily funded by motor fuel taxes, has become increasingly dependent on general fund contributions and short-term reauthorizations to prevent insolvency. As a result, there are discussions at both the federal and state levels in which stakeholders are examining the future of motor fuel excise taxes as well as the role of electric and alternative fuel vehicles in that future. On July 1, 2015, six states increased their motor fuel tax rates.
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Technical Report
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies Office (EE-3V)
Country of Publication:
United States
33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS Clean Cities; Alternative Fuels; Highway Funding; Motor Fuel Taxes; Fuel Excise Taxes; Alternative Fuel Vehicles; Efficiency; Emissions; Transportation; Vehicle Miles Traveled; CAFE