Bill Memo: Access to State Funded EV Chargers

2 Tree: Substantial benefit rating

Summary

This legislation amends the State Finance Law, Public Authorities Law, and Public Service Law to require every electric vehicle charging station funded by the state and located in a commercial parking garage to be open for the public to charge their vehicle. 

Explanation

This legislation requires commercial garages with electric vehicle charging stations that were funded in whole or in part with state funds to allow electric vehicle drivers free access to the parking garage in order to charge. 

New York State offers several charging station incentives and discount programs that have allowed for the development of a large portion of the electric vehicle charging stations we see today, and this number will continue to grow. In many urban areas throughout the state access to home and curbside charging is limited and commercial parking facilities with charging stations are the only viable option to recharge electric vehicles. Fees to access and utilize these facilities are often set at cost-prohibitive levels that may offset the fuel savings electric vehicle owners factored into their purchase or lease decision. In order to remove a cost obstacle to EV charging in these commercial parking garages, the bill creates the condition that in order to use state funds to construct, install, or improve an EV charging station, the parking garage must waive all access fees for the public to use the charging station.  

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Environmental Advocates NY Bill Rating: Substantial Benefit

Memo #: 60