How High Is New York’s Gas Tax Compared To Other States In America?
EVERYTHING in New York is taxed, right?! Including the gas we use to make our cars "go." But, does New York really have one of the highest gas taxes in the United States? In the next decade or so, New York State is expected to fully or close to fully move to electric vehicles. Opponents of the gas ban say that the infrastructure is not set up to support forcing people to drive electric cars, among other things.
New York State's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan Approved
Despite naysayers questioning New York State's electric vehicle infrastructure plan, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it approved New York State's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan. The plan will help New York build its electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Before the ban on electric vehicles can take effect a robust charging infrastructure must be in place to support the massive increase in electric vehicles. The plan includes up to $175 million to fund the major infrastructure project.
New York State is making progress with its ban on gas-powered cars, essentially making them illegal to buy. Just like California, a new report from News 8 WROC says that New York is on track to ban all gas vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently approved New York's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan, pushing the state closer to making the ban a reality.
New York State Has Passed A Law Essentially Banning All Gas Vehicles
New York State's Senate and Assembly have passed bills (Assembly Bill A4302 / Senate Bill S2758) that ban gas vehicles by 2035. Both bills, which have been signed by the governor, provide that,
One hundred percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks shall be zero-emissions by two thousand thirty-five, medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by two thousand forty-five and off-road vehicles and equipment by two thousand thirty-five.
How Much Gasoline Do New Yorkers Really Use?
When it comes to gas consumption, New Yorkers don't use a lot of gas compared to residents of the other 50 states.
New York State Ranks 49th Nationally For Gas Usage
According to 247WallSt.com, the only state that uses less motor fuel than New York is Hawaii. Here's what the site says about New Yorkers' gas usage:
> 2021 motor fuel consumption per licensed driver: 573.4 gal/driver
> 2021 gas consumed: 6.8 billion gal. — 4th most
> 2021 licensed drivers: 11.9 million — 4th most
> Avg. gas price as of Apr 11, 2023: $3.63 per gal. — 14th highest
> Est. annual cost of driving at current gas prices: $2,080.46 — 3rd lowest
> 2021 miles driven per licensed driver: 8,996 — the fewest (78.2% urban, 21.8% rural)
> 2022 population: 19.7 million — 4th largest
New York State Often Has The Highest Taxes, But Is That The Case With Gasoline?
Surprisingly, the answer is NO, according to 247WallSt.com. When it comes to where New York ranks in terms of gas tax New York is tied with Mississippi and Arizona for the average state tax per gallon.
#45 New York
> Avg. state gas tax: $0.18 per gallon– tied
> Avg. gas price, April 11, 2023: $3.56 per gallon (16th highest)
> State taxes as pct. of gas price: 5.1% (5th lowest)
> 2021 motor fuel consumption: 6,811,989,000 gallons (4th most)
> 2021 motor fuel consumption per licensed driver: 573.4 gal/driver (2nd fewest)
> 2021 licensed drivers: 11,879,057 (4th most)
Having the 45th lowest tax per gallon isn't too bad (for a state that taxes everything). New Yorkers should be happy that they don't live in the state with the highest average gas tax, which is Pennsylvania. The tax per gallon in Pennsylvania is $0.61 per gallon.