Parking Lot To Offer Discount To Hybrids & EVs, Charge More For SUVs

It’s one thing for a parking lot to simply offer a discount to people who choose to drive fuel-efficient hybrid and electric vehicles. But does that lot go too far when it charges a premium for people to park their SUVs and Jeeps?

That’s the question being asked of plans for a parking lot in Boston’s Bulfinch Triangle area — only blocks from where the Celtics and Bruins play at the TD Garden.

Electrics and hybrids will benefit from a 10% discount on the $10 hourly rate, while drivers of vehicles that get fewer than 15 mile to the gallon will pay 10% above that rate.

“We feel strongly that not only is this the right thing to do, but that we’ll attract customers who feel the same way,” a rep for the company behind the lot tells the Boston Herald. “A big SUV has a cost both in terms of the environment and in terms of being a heavier vehicle that causes more wear and tear on our lot… We think that should be reflected in our price.”

One driver of a GMC Sierra told the paper that the pricing “is not fair. It’s like they’re trying to make money off of people who are not environmentally conscious.”

Lot drives SUV owners mad []

Thanks to RandomHookup for the tip!

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