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EV Driver Bill of Rights introduced in California Assembly
07.19.2018 - by Noah Barnes
EV Driver Bill of Rights introduced in California Assembly

Plug In America has worked with California Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi to introduce House Resolution 117, the EV Driver Bill of Rights. The resolution outlines the rights of EV drivers relating to the purchase process for a new or used EV, as well as the rights EV drivers can expect for a seamless charging experience and for ownership of the vehicle. Among the rights included are the right to know the expected range per full charge of the battery in a new and used EV, the right to access a robust network of public charging stations, and the right to install EV charging stations in homes, apartments, and other buildings.

California is the first state to introduce the EV Driver Bill of Rights, but we look forward to more states and cities supporting the EV Driver Bill of Rights as well, to ensure that consumers can make the switch to driving electric without worry.

Read the full text of House Resolution 117 here.

“In California, we are proud to support the use of EVs,” said Muratsuchi. “California continues to lead the way in environmental protection and EVs play an important role in meeting our greenhouse gas reduction goals by helping to improve air quality and keeping the environment clean for all Californians.”

“As the EV market transitions from the early adopter stage to the mass market phase, we want to ensure that this transition to an electric driving future is as smooth as possible,” said Joel Levin, Executive Director for Plug In America. “The EV Driver Bill of Rights gives the consumer the confidence that she will be able to purchase the right EV for herself through an informed buying process and be able to charge at home on off-peak rates, or at a public charging station with proper signage, maintenance and transparent pricing.”

“As an EV driver/owner, I strongly support the proposed Bill of Rights for EV owners/drivers,” said George L. Parrott, an EV driver from Sacramento. “I got my first fully electric Nissan Leaf in 2011, and at that time chargers were few and far between, and public chargers were often used as parking spaces for gas cars. We need to protect and expand the infrastructure of charging options for EVs and support the opportunity for apartment and multi-unit dwelling residents to have a way to charge their EVs with convenient, overnight, power access.”

18 comments on “EV Driver Bill of Rights introduced in California Assembly”
  1. Noah Barnes says:

    Martin, my apartment building provides EV charging for residents. Tenants pay the building a flat $50 for a dedicated parking spot with level 2 charging equipment, which also includes unlimited charging. The building then pays the electric bill for all chargers, which is much simpler than if each tenant had their own meter.

  2. Martin Boyd says:

    Does anyone actually have an EV that they charge at their multi-unit dwelling? How is the power provided?

  3. Steven says:

    download the charge point app as well as plug share and Aerovironment apps and you will see 100s of charging stations in your area. New stations coming online also.

  4. Carolyn Todd says:

    I’m planning to get an EV but need much more information on charging stations in the PUGET Sound in an around Seattle. I would of course but. Charging system at my house but I need more info on charging in the State of Washington. Does Tesla share its system with other Ev users for a price?

  5. Noel says:

    This seems like a total waste of time for the California Assembly and could end up causing more harm that good. I read this several times and it wasn’t until my 3rd or 4th reading that I noticed the section that equated Plug-in Drivers to EV drivers. In the end I don’t expect that Beverly Hills will back track on their decision to ban Plug-in Hybrid drivers from their public charging stations. It says that EV drivers have the right to install chargers in apartments and condos but only if the building is pre-wired. That doesn’t help the vast majority of people who live in condos and apartments that are not pre-wired. Originally it said that I would have the right to install a charger at my own cost but this has been totally watered down. Since this is a resolution so has no legal standing whatsoever I don’t expect it to make the slightest difference. Guess I will just have to keep burning gas for a while longer.

  6. Mike Feeney says:

    Apartment complexes don’t need to install expensive charging stations. They just need a NEMA 14-50 outlet in a weatherproof box in front of every parking space. The outlet should be wired back to the breaker panel of the apartment assigned to the space, so that resident pays for the power they use. The resident can turn off the breaker when they aren’t charging to prevent freeloaders from stealing their electricity.

  7. Terry M Robb says:

    What I have been hearing about CA is some areas have laws against Chevy Volt from charging. I think this is totally unfair for those in a Volt. We want to drive as much as we can on our battery. The reason for the Volt was at 1st charging stations were few and far between. However The Volt has EV characteristic of lasting long and we paid more than most gas cars at that time. The Volt should be allowed to charge up at any public charger

  8. Tesla Tidbits says:

    This is not a bill. This is a resolution. All this is, is a fancy way of saying “We really like EVs!” While it’s nice to see the vote of confidence from lawmakers, none of this is binding.

  9. Miro Kefurt says:

    It would be nice if the obsolete road signs for charging stations that were installed in 1990’s and are non existing (paddle and AVCON) would be finally REMOVED.

  10. Griff says:

    “(6) The right to up-to-date maps and directional signage indicating the location of public charging stations.”
    Tesla needs to address this now. Often he Tesla GPS system dumps you in the middle of a mall with no additional directions as the where the Tesla Superchargers are specifically located. They are often in locations that are not obvious. Like on the third level of the parking structure in Temecula CA or behind the theaters in Concord, CA. A traveler visiting the charging location for the first time does not enjoy cruising the entire parking lot.

  11. Andrew Basile says:

    This is good overall, but I don’t agree with this:

    “(C) The right to pay a price that is proportional to his or her charging speed.”

    I think there needs to be some flexibility here. If my old LEAF is occupying a valuable DC fast charger and is pulling only 5 kW of power because it’s mostly charged, it would not be fair to other EVs waiting in line for the charger if I’m only being billed for the energy delivered and not for the time connected. That said, the market should allow EVs to charge to 100% when they need to, and believe me, there are scenarios when a full charge is advised. But it’s fair for the operator of the charging network to be allowed to bill some amount for the time connected.

  12. Robert says:

    Please read the bill before making incorrect assumptions and/or false statements. The bill does not require installation of EV chargers and free power for EV drivers at the expense of tax payers. It even partially addresses fees and allowances that providers could charge the EV owner. I’m all for it. The benefits of EVs in regards to emissions and efficiency is simply a no brainer!

  13. Joseph Ward says:

    The cost of providing EV’s access to electric outlets for overnight charging in an apartment complex are really minimal. Electric power is everywhere, and an outside 20A 120V outlet is at most a couple of hundred. In many cases a 220V 30-50A outlet (the same as an electric dryer or range uses). is similarly low cost.

    Many EV owners like myself have discovered that they can make low cost adapter cables with parts from Lowes or Home Depot. These can easily couple an EV to these standard outlets using the charge cord provided with their cars.

    It is not necessary for an apartment complex or hotel to incur a 5-10k charger installation to provide their customers with electricity.

    It’s a great marketing program and a great service.

  14. Peter Kenimer says:

    @Bobby_Bucher, do you think it would sit better with you if the apartment complexes charged an additional charging fee every month in addition to the lease/rent? I agree that all private companies shouldn’t be required, but I do believe Shopping Centers and housing complexes would be better off getting them as it would attract more clientele.

  15. John K says:

    One more way to promote EV use. Way to go.

  16. Bobby Bucher says:

    “We need to protect and expand the infrastructure of charging options for EVs and support the opportunity for apartment and multi-unit dwelling residents to have a way to charge their EVs with convenient, overnight, power access.”

    My wife and I both currently own EVs, Previously she drove another EV and I drove a CNG vehicle.
    I find it disturbing that you feel its the responsibility of a non EV owner to provide charging stations and power to charge OTHER peoples cars. because consumers have made a choice to purchase an EV. It would be ridiculous to push for a building owner to install a CNG station to fill my car, why do you think its ok to do it for an EV?

  17. Donald Hall says:

    Good stuff!

  18. Stephen Russell says:

    Post said bill IF passed in ALL Auto Club offices & ALL EV dealerships nationwide or statewide alone.& CalTrans & DMV CHP offices. Make visible & EZ to read. Should cover Used EVs too

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