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Assemblymember introduces Equitable EV Charging Act to increase access to EV charging

Bill increases access to EV charging for residents of multi-family housing by making it easier to deploy curbside charging

Sacramento, Calif.—Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) has introduced Assembly Bill 2427, the Equitable EV Charging Act to increase access to electric vehicle (EV) charging for residents of multi-family housing by making it easier to deploy curbside charging.

Home charging is considered to be the most convenient, cost-effective solution to advance EV adoption. And yet, the California Energy Commission (CEC) found that no more than 33% of multi-family housing residents have access to home charging and that lower income residents, and residents who identify as Black, African American, Hispanic, or Latino, have the lowest access to home charging.

Co-sponsored by companies FLO EV Charging (FLO) and It’s Electric Inc (itselectric), AB 2427 requires the CEC to assess the potential benefits of curbside charging for those who have the least access and requires the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to develop permitting tools and best practices so that local governments can more seamlessly help realize those benefits. It also requires local governments to consider these tools when developing permitting requirements and criteria to assist developers in siting and deploying curbside charging.

“Beyond California’s leading example, the country needs 1.2 million more public EV chargers by 2030, particularly in dense urban neighborhoods. Today, the biggest barrier to deployment is the cost and complexity of connecting an EV charger directly to the utility’s grid. Our charging network fully avoids this barrier, enabling affordable and scalable public charging infrastructure that benefits cities, drivers, and communities,” while bringing revenue directly into communities said Nathan King, CEO and Co-Founder of itselectric.

Kevin McCarty represents California’s 6th Assembly District, which includes the city of Sacramento, and parts of unincorporated Sacramento County. McCarty serves on the Select Committee on Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure.

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