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Illinois might start charging $1,000 per year to own an electric vehicle: 'It's outrageous'

A proposed hike in Illinois' annual registration fee for electric vehicles, from $17.50 to $1,000, is being called unfair by current EV owners, and a sales disincentive by manufacturers - just as the new technology is beginning to gain broader traction.

"It's outrageous," said Nicoletta Skarlatos, 56, of Chicago, who bought a Tesla Model S five years ago. "I thought Illinois was progressive and would want to encourage EV ownership."

Aimed at raising money to make overdue road improvements across Illinois, the

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