Over the weekend California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a list of bills focusing on climate change issues, some of which would expand support for electric cars. I’ve seen some in the EV community applaud these moves, but I see a mixed bag of some things which might be useful and others where I have a hard time supporting. Adding more solo-driven cars to the High Occupancy lanes simply diminishes or maybe destroys their real purpose.
The best of them might provide some relief to people like me, EV owners living in an apartment building where the building manager won’t allow us to install charging stations. But even that bill has its problems, and I doubt it will help much in practice.
AB 1721 and AB 2013 and AB 2090 and SB 1298 all have to do with High Occupancy lanes on highways (both HOV and HOT lanes). There may be some good ideas in this legislation, but most of the laws concern increasing the variety of vehicles where a solo driver can use an HOV or HOT lane for free. Up until now electrified vehicle drivers had this perk, and those driving CNG vehicles. The bills expand this perk to SULEV and AT-PZEV drivers as well.
AB 2565 is something I’ve written about before – It requires landlords of multi-unit dwellings to allow residents to install charging stations, so long as certain conditions are met. As the occupant of an apartment in an apartment building where the building owner isn’t allowing me to install a charging station, I welcome a move in this direction. BUT, I’ve studied this bill closely and find it would be difficult for the average joe apartment renter to comply with the requirements. Therefore I don’t think it will have much benefit.
SB 1275 wants to increase access to electric vehicles for people in disadvantaged or low-income communities. That’s a laudable goal, but is it practical? People in those communities suffer from an excess amount of air pollution because those communities also contain a lot of heavy industry and in some cases operations like oil refineries. It would be more than cool for there to be more battery electric vehicles in those communities.
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