Recommendations for State and Local EV Charging Policies Included in the Report
ALEXANDRIA/VIRGINIA,19 October 2022: Using the vast market experience of key stakeholders, the Fuels Institute’s Electric Vehicle Council has released a new report entitled A Best Practice for EVSE Regulations. This report identifies policies implemented by authorities that facilitate the efficient installation of electric vehicle charging stations as well as those that hinder them.
The report fills a crucial gap in knowledge that has been identified by previous EVC reports as well as those released by other organisations, namely that the development of a reliable EV charging infrastructure is significantly hampered by the soft costs associated with navigating insufficient or out-of-date regulatory requirements.
The following are some of the policy issues covered in this guide:
- defining public utility and allowing kWh charging
- installation-related policies
- operation-related policies
- EV-charging incentive programs
- utility-related policies
- expedited permitting requirements
- parking requirements
- EV-ready building code requirements
- signage requirements
- technical requirements
The document ends with recommendations for best practises made by regulated businesses, or stakeholders, who have years of experience setting up and running EV charging infrastructure across the United States. As AHJs start to establish and execute EV-charging regulations, stakeholders from the petroleum retailing, utility, and metropolitan planning organisations (MPOs) offered their knowledge and actionable and useful advice.
John Eichberger, Executive Director of the Fuels Institute said, “While many localities around the country are beginning to plan for EV growth, research has revealed that most states and localities that were surveyed had little to no policies at all respecting public EV charging.”
“This is expected to change quickly in the next several years as states and localities recognize the need to prepare for the rise in electrification and receive funding from different sources. Many state and local officials for the first time will have to consider developing and implementing policies to expand infrastructure,” Eichberger added.