Understanding Kentucky’s New Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Fees

Starting January 1, 2024, Kentucky will impose new fees on electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs and HVs) through House Bill 360. This legislation introduces an annual registration fee of $120 for electric vehicles, $60 for hybrids, and $60 for electric motorcycles. A 3 cents per kilowatt-hour tax will also apply to EV charging stations installed from July 1, 2022.

Why This Bill Was Passed

The primary reason for this bill is to ensure that owners of electric and hybrid vehicles contribute fairly to the Kentucky Road Fund. Traditionally, this fund has been supported by gasoline taxes. As the number of EVs and HVs grows, gasoline tax revenues decline, potentially affecting the state’s ability to maintain and improve transportation infrastructure. By implementing these fees, Kentucky aims to create a more equitable funding model that reflects the usage of roadways by all types of vehicles.

Why Should You Care?

If you own an electric or hybrid vehicle in Kentucky, these fees will directly impact your annual vehicle expenses. The introduction of this fee system is a significant shift towards adapting to the evolving landscape of vehicle technology and transportation funding.

Annual Costs

  • Electric Vehicles: $120
  • Hybrid Vehicles: $60
  • Electric Motorcycles: $60

Implications for Vehicle Owners

For vehicle owners, understanding these changes is crucial for budgeting and staying compliant with state regulations. These fees will be collected at the time of vehicle registration and renewal, ensuring that all drivers contribute to the upkeep of Kentucky’s roads.


The new fees for electric and hybrid vehicles in Kentucky reflect a broader trend of updating infrastructure funding mechanisms to accommodate the rise of alternative fuel vehicles. By understanding the reasons behind this legislation and the costs involved, vehicle owners can better prepare for the financial aspects of maintaining their eco-friendly transportation choices.


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