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As gas taxes dry up, states eye electric cars to replenish highway funds

Can a $40,000 car be considered a free ride? If you drive an electric car, the answer is yes. You skip gasoline taxes for highway and road construction and maintenance levied with every gallon of fuel sold at the pump. The tax averages 47 cents a gallon for gasoline nationwide with 18 cents going to the federal government and 51 cents for diesel with 24 cents for Uncle Sam. States watching their highway funds dry up -- as a slow economy and higher-mileage cars mean fewer fill ups -- are thinking about squeezing some extra cash from electric vehicles.

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