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Dean West and his wife, Nancy, show off the 1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle he has converted to run on all-electrical power in the garage of his home in Milton, Wash. Electric-car advocates say the state of Washington risks alienating Mr. West and others like him with proposed legislation that would impose a $100 annual fee on electric cars to make up for lost gas-tax revenue. (Associated Press)

Dean West and his wife, Nancy, show off the 1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle he has converted to run on all-electrical power in the garage of his home in Milton, Wash. Electric-car advocates say the state of Washington risks alienating Mr. West and others like him with proposed legislation that would impose a $100 annual fee on electric cars to make up for lost gas-tax revenue. (Associated Press)

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