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  • EV MANDATE BILL PASSES FIRST COMMITTEE

    Posted: May 15, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    AB 2565 (Muratsuchi; D-Torrance) passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on a party line vote, however several Democratic members of the committee that supported the bill expressed serious concerns over the policy – concerns that were acknowledged by the author along with a commitment to address them.

    As it now stands, the bill takes a policy that was meant to protect residential property owners from a homeowner’s association preventing them from installing charging stations and applies those protections to commercial and residential lessees to trump the property owner.

    Although we are happy to work with the author in to advance his goal of trying to increase installations of EV Charging stations, we think this bill has enough “unintended consequences,” that it needs to be amended again.

    We continue to think the only efficacious way  to significantly increase installations is to incentivize charging stations by reducing ROI – either through subsidies, matches, grants, and/or tax credits, actual consumer demand (those pesky “market forces”), or as a tenant amenity. Many of these strategies have been used to induce people to purchase plug-in electric cars, and we think they can work to induce infrastructure outside of the primary charging facility (one’s residential parking space).  The other way is for some entrepreneurial companies willing to lease parking spaces and put in chargers as a for-profit venture.  The former would help the latter and we’d embrace both.

    We are actively working with the author, his staff, and EV groups to address issues that have been raised by many of you.  Thank you to everyone that took the time to let us know how the bill would impact your properties.

    Click here to see the current version of the bill.

    Click here to read our letter.



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