Plug-In Hybrids No Longer Banned From Beverly Hills Charging Stations


New state law requires Beverly Hills City Council to walk back PHEV restrictions.

In April of last year, the city of Beverly Hills, California put into effect new restrictions on 35 public charging stations at city parking facilities. In addition to new enforcement regulations and charge fees, Beverly Hills restricted Plug-in hybrid vehicles from using the stations. Only battery electric vehicles would have access moving forward.

At the time of the announcement, the city explained their decision:

In order to improve access for vehicles that are 100% reliant on electric power, the new policy reserves the City’s EV charging stations for battery-only electric vehicles. All other vehicles (including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) and any vehicle without an active charging session or not connected to a station may be subject to citation and/or towing at the owner’s expense.

Certainly, the decision to tow or fine a vehicle that is not actively charging is both reasonable and necessary. However, the decision to restrict plug-in hybrids like the Honda Clarity PHEV or Chevy Volt was met with a mixed response.

State Senator Ricardo Lara authored a bill to combat the local initiative. All public charging stations funded by the state or ratepayers must be accessible to all plug-in vehicle types. SB 1000 states:

A city, county, or city and county shall not restrict which types of electric vehicles, including, but not limited to, plug-in hybrid vehicles, may access an electric vehicle charging station approved for passenger vehicles that both is publicly accessible and the construction of which was funded, at least in part, by the state or through moneys collected from ratepayers.

Thankfully for PHEV owners, the state bill passed. In order to comply, the Beverly Hills City Council has removed PHEV restrictions as of January 1, 2019.

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Source: Green Car Reports, Plug In Sites

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23 Comments on "Plug-In Hybrids No Longer Banned From Beverly Hills Charging Stations"

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If the chargers are fully occupied by vehicles charging, it would be a better solution to add more chargers, rather than restricting PHEVs. How was it to be determined by enforcement whether you have a BEV or a PHEV? Take BMW i3 for example–it has a BEV and plug-in (PHEV, EREV, whatevuh). How is lovely Rita, metermaid going to tell the difference?

Rita could check by looking for the fuel filler door on the front passenger side fender. Most plug-in hybrids have a charge port door, and a fuel door, a quick walk around a car is all Rita would have to do 😉.

My Outlander has the Petrol/Gas filler on one side at the rear and the Charging sockets at the other rear corner. Not so easy when like Gas/Petrol fillers are all over the place. Remember the cars that had them behind the rear license plate?

Sweet, this is what it should be. Get the charge you want and move. Charge (pun intended) or eventually tow those who don’t.

If crowding is a problem fix it with capitalism. Raise the price. If people are still paying a high price to charge, then build more chargers.

Build first and then raise the price if a must….

It does seem that PHEV drivers often have poor charging manners. I don’t think they understand the stress it causes for GEN 1 low range BEV owners to see a PHEV sitting there all day.

Poor manners?? Why? Because they want to charge so they can stop using the gas? Geez, BEV purist also complains about some PHEV don’t charge at all. So, I guess it is wrong to do either according to those BEV purist.

you know what is poor manners? Those cheap BEV owners who don’t charge at home but rather charge at FREE PUBLIC Chargers all day long.

At my work place, just about every BEV owners live with 10 miles of work, guess what? They are biggest “hogs” at work chargers. Why? Because it is FREE.

Free is the problem!

I should clarify: I see many PHEVs parked and not charging. Their charging ended many hours ago. They never suffer from range anxiety, so its not on their mind that they should move their car to allow someone that might be in desperate need to use it.

I have no problem with charging, just problems with not moving after its done.

I agree that fees and idle charges are a solution to all.

People who idle or don’t plug in deserved to be fined or towed, regardless of whether they are BEV or PHEV.

The so called bias toward PHEV just because it “can” use gas is unfair since nobody knows the “need” of some BEV that haven’t arrived at the charging station yet.

Its just observation on my part that PHEV drivers are less aware of the issue. For the simple fact they don’t stress about range anxiety.

Imagine the following:
1. PHEV driver pulls up and sees the EVSE is occupied by a car that is not charging. They shrug their shoulders and move on with their day.
2. Low range BEV driver pulls up and sees the EVSE is occupied by a car that is not charging. This causes a lot of stress and the driver wonders if they will make it home.

Every low range BEV owner can relate to that. I think it is clear that the second scenario would have a lasting effect on the individual. They would be well aware of their own charging behavior as a result. PHEV drivers have not had the same experience so it isn’t on the forefront of their mind when they plug in.

Well, maybe because some of those PHEV knows the limitation of low range BEV so bought the PHEV instead.

If one depends on the “free” public infrastructure, then they already bought the wrong car.

Straw man argument. This has nothing to do with what car is better, or how you feel defensive about your purchase.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Many Douchebag PHEV drivers keep plugged in after they top off for 45 minutes and hold the EVSE hostage for the rest of the day.
Some are labeled with amperage rating and the slow charging Volt, Clarity,PiP and Leaf take the 40A EVSE’s even though the 6.6kW or less EVSE’s are available.

I watched them pull in and I swear they think their car can use all 40A and it’s like a magnet to them.

Many douch BEV owners who have 10kW charging capability but still hogs the FREE charger at work all day because they are such cheap dips*** that don’t charge at home…

There, we can make up stuff to attack any groups.

Ultimately, regardless of whether it is PHEV or BEV, both should be fined or towed if they don’t plug in or fined for overstaying.

PHEV charges at same 3.3kW rate as the early low range BEVs such as LEAF. Some PHEV charges at 6.6kW or 7.2kW which is effectively the same as most BEVs.

Only the PIP were charging at 2.8kW which was the slowest of them all.

No, they’re trying to stay topped up on free charges so they can avoid burning the gas they had to pay for.

The ban didn’t make sense, unless PHEVs charge much more slowly (i.e., in kJ per unit time) than BEVs. Do they? I don’t know, but if not, then their smaller capacity ensures that they will occupy the charger for less time. Furthermore, owners of either a PHEV or a BEV should face a penalty if they sit blocking a charger for very long.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“Furthermore, owners of either a PHEV or a BEV should face a penalty if they sit blocking a charger for very long.”

that’s one of the major problems. Hardly anyone ever gets fined or towed. Too many empty threats. The laws or rules have no teeth in them. Just something worthless a politician brings up to make themselves look good.
Same thing when they get “Iced”. Anyone know of an ICE get towed from the spot?

So far Tesla has mitigated this by fining those who are plugged in but not charging.

I drive a gen 1 Volt, bf drives a gen 1 Cmax. Our charge rate off our level 2 chargers at home I think is 3.3kwh? Our friend drives a second gen Leaf that can draw at double our rate. So yeah, our PHEVs do charge at half the theoretical speed of a pure BEV.

2011/2012 base LEAF was charging at 3.3kW also. Optional to 6.6kW or standard on SV/SL.

Gen 2 LEAF charges at 6.6kW.

E-Golf, i3 BEV and REx charges at 7.2kW.

Bolt charges at 7.2kW.

2016-2018 Volt charges at 3.6kW.
2019 Volt charges at 7.2kW if one can buy one.

Too bad. Bev. Hills has the right idea.
The PHEVs need to DIE. To be fair, so do the majority of short range EVs, but we can let them simple die on their own.
Thankfully, most short-range EVs use cheap low-quality Chinese batteries so, they should not last long.

I will say that the state bill says that if you took state money, then and only then, are you required to offer it to all. That does make sense.

Stop your nonsense (as usual again), Bev Hills had stupid idea. They would rather those charge sit idle than letting PHEV saving more gas and reduce pollution. You were the jerk that said PHEV use emission, but you don’t want them to charge to reduce emission.

Short range EVs in the US don’t use Chinese batteries. It is about US market, stop making up stuff again like you always do.

Phev need to die. Other than specialized needs (construction, Ag, EMS, DoD, etc ), hybrids are a nightmare and foolish. They are as useful as H2 vehicles.
It is jerks like you that continues such nonsense.

As to poor batteries, Nissan sold their battery production to Chinese . Mini & Smart use CATL iirc. Though Ford, be, & GM are LG.

And no, the sooner phev, & most short range EVs need to die. They were cheats against the economic rules and are exact kind of vehicles that studies warn against. Sadly, ppl like you are too foolish to realize the damage that they do if we build too many.

In the meantime, go back to your comics or take some engineering and economic classes.