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Needed: Fewer roadblocks for electric vehiclesThere are over 220,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on America’s roads today – more than double this time last year – and about a third of those are in California. EVs are exploding in popularity; they’re cheaper to drive and fuel, better for the environment and are a more thrilling drive.While there are already thousands of charging locations across the state, there remains a need to continue to build a network of EV charging stations to support this massive EV growth, especially to meet Governor Brown’s goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by 2025. That’s why the governor should sign Assembly Bill (AB) 2565 into law. Authored by Assemblymember Al Murastuchi, the legislation has now successfully passed both houses of the State Legislature with bipartisan support.Lease restrictions are blocking tenants – both individuals and businesses – from installing EV charging stations.AB 2565 is vital for expanding access to EV charging stations around the state. The legislation aims to address barriers for deploying stations in leased buildings, bringing access to charging stations to the more than 40% of Californians who live in multifamily housing.The deployment of EV charging infrastructure is increasing but not keeping up with today’s EV adoption rates. In 2012, the ratio of EVs to charging ports was about 7 to 1. As EV sales skyrocketed, the gap widened. In 2013, the ratio grew to about 8 to 1. To successfully grow the EV industry, it is imperative our legislators introduce and support policies that implement the installation of charging stations throughout California.We are already seeing some success in building a robust infrastructure and paving the way for faster EV growth. Many companies, cities and workplaces have stepped up to support the growing population of EV drivers because offering EV charging is good for the environment and good for business. For example, retailers have found that EV charging attracts new customers who spend more time in their stores as they charge their EVs, resulting in more money spent. Similarly, a workplace can offer charging to employees as a perk. And in the housing space, apartment managers can offer it as an amenity to differentiate from competing complexes.However, some Californians who rent their homes or businesses are running into roadblocks. Lease restrictions are blocking tenants – both individuals and businesses – from installing EV charging stations. Those restrictions often delay, add financial burdens and even stop small businesses and apartment tenants from installing charging stations at all. AB 2565 gives renters the right to install EV charging stations at their dedicated parking space as long as they’re willing to pay for it.This piece of legislation supports the widespread adoption of EVs, which, in turn, will help our state reach important clean air and energy independence goals. Small businesses would also have the ability to offer EV charging to attract and retain employees and customers.The governor’s signature on AB 2565 would help ensure that Californians can charge their cars in more places – at home, work and in public. If a tenant – individual or business owner – wants to pay to provide EV charging for their family, employees, customers or the public, it’s important they have that right.The benefits are many. By turning this legislation into law, we will both foster the EV industry and help meet our state’s environmental and clean air goals at the same time.–Ed’s Note: Richard Lowenthal is the Chief Technical Officer of ChargePoint, which he co-founded in 2007. ChargePoint is the world’s largest and most open electric vehicle charging network.
        (via Needed: Fewer roadblocks for electric vehicles Capitol Weekly | Capitol Weekly | Capitol Weekly: The Newspaper of California State Government and Politics.)
Needed: Fewer roadblocks for electric vehicles

There are over 220,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on America’s roads today – more than double this time last year – and about a third of those are in California. EVs are exploding in popularity; they’re cheaper to drive and fuel, better for the environment and are a more thrilling drive.

While there are already thousands of charging locations across the state, there remains a need to continue to build a network of EV charging stations to support this massive EV growth, especially to meet Governor Brown’s goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by 2025. That’s why the governor should sign Assembly Bill (AB) 2565 into law. Authored by Assemblymember Al Murastuchi, the legislation has now successfully passed both houses of the State Legislature with bipartisan support.

Lease restrictions are blocking tenants – both individuals and businesses – from installing EV charging stations.

AB 2565 is vital for expanding access to EV charging stations around the state. The legislation aims to address barriers for deploying stations in leased buildings, bringing access to charging stations to the more than 40% of Californians who live in multifamily housing.

The deployment of EV charging infrastructure is increasing but not keeping up with today’s EV adoption rates. In 2012, the ratio of EVs to charging ports was about 7 to 1. As EV sales skyrocketed, the gap widened. In 2013, the ratio grew to about 8 to 1. To successfully grow the EV industry, it is imperative our legislators introduce and support policies that implement the installation of charging stations throughout California.

We are already seeing some success in building a robust infrastructure and paving the way for faster EV growth. Many companies, cities and workplaces have stepped up to support the growing population of EV drivers because offering EV charging is good for the environment and good for business. For example, retailers have found that EV charging attracts new customers who spend more time in their stores as they charge their EVs, resulting in more money spent. Similarly, a workplace can offer charging to employees as a perk. And in the housing space, apartment managers can offer it as an amenity to differentiate from competing complexes.

However, some Californians who rent their homes or businesses are running into roadblocks. Lease restrictions are blocking tenants – both individuals and businesses – from installing EV charging stations. Those restrictions often delay, add financial burdens and even stop small businesses and apartment tenants from installing charging stations at all. AB 2565 gives renters the right to install EV charging stations at their dedicated parking space as long as they’re willing to pay for it.

This piece of legislation supports the widespread adoption of EVs, which, in turn, will help our state reach important clean air and energy independence goals. Small businesses would also have the ability to offer EV charging to attract and retain employees and customers.

The governor’s signature on AB 2565 would help ensure that Californians can charge their cars in more places – at home, work and in public. If a tenant – individual or business owner – wants to pay to provide EV charging for their family, employees, customers or the public, it’s important they have that right.

The benefits are many. By turning this legislation into law, we will both foster the EV industry and help meet our state’s environmental and clean air goals at the same time.

Ed’s Note: Richard Lowenthal is the Chief Technical Officer of ChargePoint, which he co-founded in 2007. ChargePoint is the world’s largest and most open electric vehicle charging network.

(via Needed: Fewer roadblocks for electric vehicles Capitol Weekly | Capitol Weekly | Capitol Weekly: The Newspaper of California State Government and Politics.)

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Powering Your Car and Home.
Great article on how EVs are changing more than just the way we drive. Driving electric is now a big part of how consumers decide to power their homes. http://ti.me/1zp1wfO

Powering Your Car and Home.

Great article on how EVs are changing more than just the way we drive. Driving electric is now a big part of how consumers decide to power their homes. http://ti.me/1zp1wfO

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5 Ways to Save on Charging and Increase Capacity
ChargePoint’s Richard Lowenthal offers advice to station owners on how to spend less and charge more electric cars. Read the InsideEVs article: bit.ly/1wRVu4f

5 Ways to Save on Charging and Increase Capacity

ChargePoint’s Richard Lowenthal offers advice to station owners on how to spend less and charge more electric cars. Read the InsideEVs article: bit.ly/1wRVu4f

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Power Up and Play Ball
Does your home team offer EV charging at the stadium? Read why more teams should charge up their fans: http://t.co/DqxcDwRQFz

Power Up and Play Ball

Does your home team offer EV charging at the stadium? Read why more teams should charge up their fans: http://t.co/DqxcDwRQFz

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Check out the unveiling of the all-electric Ego Energica Superbike!

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ChargePoint and Volkswagen Announce e-Golf Partnership
We’re hooking up VW e-Golf dealerships with CT4000 “e-stations” and every e-Golf will come with a ChargePoint card. The 2015 e-Golf goes on sale later this year. http://bit.ly/1qdiCwq

ChargePoint and Volkswagen Announce e-Golf Partnership

We’re hooking up VW e-Golf dealerships with CT4000 “e-stations” and every e-Golf will come with a ChargePoint card. The 2015 e-Golf goes on sale later this year. http://bit.ly/1qdiCwq

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Nissan’s EZ-Charge Card Launches.
ChargePoint now proudly supports EZ-Charge, a first of its kind program developed by Nissan. The EZ-Charge card allows drivers to pick which charging networks they want to sign up with and use one card to charge on each network. This is the first real step toward interoperability.
(via Nissan’s free EV charging program aims to turn range anxiety into “range confidence” - Torque News)

Nissan’s EZ-Charge Card Launches.

ChargePoint now proudly supports EZ-Charge, a first of its kind program developed by Nissan. The EZ-Charge card allows drivers to pick which charging networks they want to sign up with and use one card to charge on each network. This is the first real step toward interoperability.

(via Nissan’s free EV charging program aims to turn range anxiety into “range confidence” - Torque News)

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Power up in a few New York minutes.
Fuji Electric installs first ChargePoint networked DC Fast Charger in downtown Manhattan.
(via New York City Gets First ChargePoint-Connected DC Quick Charger)

Power up in a few New York minutes.

Fuji Electric installs first ChargePoint networked DC Fast Charger in downtown Manhattan.

(via New York City Gets First ChargePoint-Connected DC Quick Charger)

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18,000+ Places to Charge!
Did you know there are more ChargePoint #EV charging ports in North America than McDonalds and Starbucks locations? http://bit.ly/1r6SSyA

18,000+ Places to Charge!

Did you know there are more ChargePoint #EV charging ports in North America than McDonalds and Starbucks locations? http://bit.ly/1r6SSyA

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We kicked off our first EVip night with the SF Giants to showcase our EV chargers at AT&T Ballpark parking lot! http://bit.ly/1mmdpi9

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More green stickers approved for California Plug-in Hybrids
Good news Californians! New plug-in hybrid owners can apply now for an extended round of 15,000 green HOV-Lane access stickers to improve your commute and drive happier.
(via California ‘Green’ HOV-Lane Access Program Gets Emergency 15,000 Decal Extension)

More green stickers approved for California Plug-in Hybrids

Good news Californians! New plug-in hybrid owners can apply now for an extended round of 15,000 green HOV-Lane access stickers to improve your commute and drive happier.

(via California ‘Green’ HOV-Lane Access Program Gets Emergency 15,000 Decal Extension)

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We’re Powering Up Rapid EV Growth
Last month saw record EV sales and we hit our 5 millionth charge. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for EVs! http://bit.ly/1l88s7r

We’re Powering Up Rapid EV Growth

Last month saw record EV sales and we hit our 5 millionth charge. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for EVs! http://bit.ly/1l88s7r

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I-GEN’s EV Road Trip Kicks Off Today
We’re powering up the Illinois Green Economy Network (I-GEN) for an electric vehicle road trip headed to 11 community colleges across the state. The tour kicks off today at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois.
(via Electric Vehicle Road Trip | WSILTV | News-3 This Morning)

I-GEN’s EV Road Trip Kicks Off Today

We’re powering up the Illinois Green Economy Network (I-GEN) for an electric vehicle road trip headed to 11 community colleges across the state. The tour kicks off today at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois.

(via Electric Vehicle Road Trip | WSILTV | News-3 This Morning)

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