California Bill To Make Public Charging More Accessible
Currently, public charging stations found in California are required to be part of a larger network, that requires membership to allow plug-owners to recharge their cars.
However, a new bill (SB454) looks to make recharging your car no different that going to a gas station. If you have a credit card, or cash in your pocket, you can have power in your vehicle; no other associations would be necessary.
On the new proposed changes, Senator Corbett said:
“Electric vehicle drivers need easy access to charging stations throughout the state and a convenient way to pay for those services, as they already are at corner gas stations for traditional fuels.”
“SB 454 offers EV drivers the needed confidence that they will be able to charge their vehicles at publicly accessible charging stations with consistent and reliable payment methods. This important bill continues the process of integrating electric vehicles on our roads and highways while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting California’s air and water quality and supporting low-carbon alternative fuel technologies—while strengthening our state’s economy by assisting this emerging industry.”
Will this change hurt current station operates like Blink or ChargePoint? Hard to say, but we feel this is a necessary step to the mass adoption of electric vehicles in California, and elsewhere in the US that has similar roadblocks in place.