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North Carolina bill would place limits on free e-vehicle charging stations

RALEIGH, NC (WGHP) — There shouldn’t be a free charge for an e-vehicle unless there’s also free gas and diesel for all other motorists. That’s the principle behind a bill introduced in the North Carolina House that would create strict rules for free charging stations for electric vehicles on private and public property.

House Bill 1049, filed by four Republicans — including Rep. Ben T. Moss Jr., whose District 66 represents part of the Triad — is called Free fair service stations for vehiclesbut it appears to impose requirements on companies and even the North Carolina Department of Transportation that have electric vehicle charging stations.

The summary of the bill stated that “companies that provide free electric vehicle charging stations to the public must include on their receipts the prorated share paid by each customer for the free electricity and prohibit the use of public funds to provide or finance the charging of electric vehicles. stations on public or leased property.

In fact, the bill states that the NC DOT or local governments cannot provide free charging stations unless they also provide free gasoline and diesel fuel. The bill would also provide public funds to remove non-compliant charging stations.

NC Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford County) (Courtesy of Jon Hardister)

None of them responded to an email from WGHP asking why they think these steps are important, what they’re trying to accomplish, and what problem they’re trying to solve. Several other Triad House members also did not comment on the bill.

In addition to Moss, whose district includes Montgomery County as well as Richmond and Stanly counties, the bill’s primary sponsors are Rep. Keith Kidwell (R-Beaufort/Craven), Rep. Mark Brody (R- Anson/Union) and Rep. George Cleveland. (R-Slow).

State Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Whitsett), the House Majority Whip, said he ‘just glanced at the bill’ and had no conversation on this subject.

State Representative Pricey Harrison

“It doesn’t seem like something moving forward,” he said.

A spokesperson for Rep. Cecil Brockman (D-High Point), a member of the House Energy and Public Utilities Committee, said Brockman had his first look at the bill.

“We’re facing a decarbonized future and a transition from fossil fuels to electric vehicles and we’re going to need more electric vehicle infrastructure,” said Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Greensboro), also a member of that committee. committee.

Growth of EVs in NC

In fact, the bill would appear to run counter to the expansion of the electric vehicle industry nationally and in North Carolina.

The United States projects that 50% of new passenger cars and light trucks sold by 2030 will be electric. Governor Roy Cooper also signed an order calling for at least 1.25 million zero-emission vehicles registered in the state by 2030.

North Carolina is also getting a new electric vehicle assembly plant – Vinfast will build all-electric SUVs in Chatham County – and Toyota builds battery factory at the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite near Liberty. Together, these investments would represent nearly $8 billion in investments and create approximately 10,000 jobs over the next five years.

In February, the US Department of Transportation announced it would spend $5 billion over five years to build electric vehicle charging stations along interstate highways. North Carolina’s share is $16,137,196.

What the Bill Requires

But HB 1049 would impose restrictions on private companies and even the state government that would appear to contradict such investments. It states that:

  • Any customer who uses an EV station must receive a receipt that shows the charge for that electrical usage.
  • No public funds can be spent on free electric vehicle charging stations on state property — even rented properties — unless free gasoline and diesel are also offered.
  • No city or county can spend public money to provide electric vehicle charging stations without the required free gasoline and diesel.
  • The state would allocate $50,000 to remove existing electric vehicle charging stations that do not meet these stipulations.

This last requirement would seem to relate to the free charging stations for electric and solar vehicles that the City of Greensboro has installed in three locations.

There are more than 150 EV charging stations in Greensboro and High Point, reports Winston-Salem has more than 120, and throughout the Triad there are at least 300. Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham-Chapel Hill and Asheville have hundreds more.