North Carolina bill would impose restrictions on electric vehicle charging stations

A bill being considered by North Carolina lawmakers would ban the construction of free electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on public property unless they also provide gasoline and fuel free diesel.

House Bill 1049 also addresses charging stations built on private property, requiring companies to tell all customers how much of their bill goes to subsidize electricity used, whether or not the customer is charging an electric vehicle.

The bill, titled “Equitable Free Vehicle Fuel Stations,” is sponsored by Representatives Keith Kidwell, Ben Moss Jr., Mark Brody and George G. Cleveland, all Republicans.

The bill specifically mentions the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in its ban on building chargers on public lands, and includes $50,000 for the NCDOT “for the purpose of removing all vehicle charging stations.” electricity that does not comply with the provisions of this law. ”

Proponents did not explain why they believed the legislation was necessary, or what problems it would solve. Brody directed Repairer Driven News’ questions to Kidwell, and he and the other sponsors had not responded by the publication deadline.

State Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Whitsett), the House Majority Whip, told local station CBS 17 that he had “just looked at the bill” and n had had no conversation about it. “It doesn’t seem like something moving forward,” he said.

The bill does not mention its possible effect on North Carolina’s $16 million share of the $5 billion the U.S. Department of Transportation plans to spend over five years building charging stations along interstate highways.

Tech website TNW frowned on the proposal, calling it an “environmental disgrace” and an “obvious anti-EV controversy, provocatively disguised as ‘fairness’.”

Collision repairers and other businesses that have chargers installed on their property may find it difficult to calculate each customer’s share of the electric bill “unless they can accurately determine the volume of business generated through to free recharge,” TNW said.

The requirement to provide free gasoline or diesel is even more impractical, TNW said, “simply because it would be impossible to set up free gas stations. The higher price of gasoline relative to electricity would require greater public funds, which, in turn, would require heavier taxes.

The bill appears to contradict North Carolina’s support for electric vehicles as part of the state’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2005 to 2030. Governor Roy Cooper Executive Order No. 246 (EO 246)​​, signed on January 7, 2022, sets a goal of at least 1.25 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) registered in the state by 2030.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector is a critical part of the state’s strategy, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation has worked with stakeholders to develop plans and strategies aimed at reducing transportation emissions,” says the NCDOT.

In February, 26,209 electric vehicles and 12,518 plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHV) were registered in North Carolina.

“The electrification of transport is exciting and challenging. Market forces are already pushing us toward electric vehicles, but our electric “refueling” infrastructure is lagging behind. Investments are underway and more are coming in the form of grants, incentives, and substantial federal investments,” reads a document on the installation of an EV charger provided by NC Clean Energy. “Our challenge here in North Carolina is to prepare now for this influx of funding, to make sure we’re ready for it and that we’re using it effectively and efficiently.”

In February, Cooper visited PoleVolt, a new free electric vehicle charging station in Charlotte created by a partnership between the City of Charlotte, Duke Energy, Centralina Regional Council and UNC Charlotte. The station uses existing streetlights to provide free curbside charging for electric vehicles and expand access to charging infrastructure for people who do not have access to dedicated off-street parking.

“Automakers’ transition to electric vehicles is upon us, and this station is just one example of how North Carolina is preparing,” Cooper said. “The faster we move, the more affordable electric vehicles will become for ordinary people. Our state is moving toward a fair clean energy economy, and public-private partnerships like this will help make that happen.

In January, EV startup VinFast announced it would build its first North American manufacturing plant in North Carolina, promising a $2 billion investment in the first phase of the project and the creation of thousands of jobs.

“North Carolina is rapidly becoming the center of our country’s emerging clean energy economy,” Cooper said at the time.

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