Who Should Pay For Electric Vehicle Chargers? Who Should Profit?

Posted on: November 24th, 2017 by rgadmin

Electric vehicles are becoming a viable option. One issue holding back broader acceptance is charging. States, utilities and utility regulators are trying to address the need to provide charging stations. Such innovations include:

  • California is moving toward allowing utilities to invest in the transmission/distribution and own the charging stations
  • Massachusetts is allowing utilities to invest in the infrastructure but leave the charging stations to others
  • Texas allows ONLY utilities to own and operate charging stations
  • Missouri is considering a request to allow utilities to build and own charging stations
  • Kentucky is allowing utilities to build and own charging stations BUT only charges customers who use them

Utilities are monopolies. This allows them to charge all their customers for a charging station (that few will ever use), will not allow competition and will most likely stifle the electric vehicle industry. Allowing utilities to build out the infrastructure to which an entity can provide the charging station seems likely to win the day.

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