Please note that rumors in the Hallways of the Capitol indicate that an electric vehicle charging station manufacturer is shopping a bill around that would mandate that charging stations be installed in all parking lots of a certain size. We have not seen the bill yet.

AB 1696 (Wieckowski D) Energy: Alternatively Fueled Vehicles: Incentives.

Existing law requires the Department of General Services and Department of Transportation to develop and implement advanced technology vehicle parking incentive programs in specified parking facilities to provide incentives for the purchase and use of alternatively fueled vehicles in the state and lists exemplars of those incentives. This bill would expressly list parking spaces with charging stations for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles as an exemplar of the incentives.

AB 2381 (Bonilla D) Private Parking Facilities.

Existing law authorizes a city or county, by ordinance or resolution, to find and declare that there are privately owned and maintained off-street parking facilities within the city or county that are generally held open for use of the public for purposes of vehicular parking and requires, upon enactment of the ordinance or resolution, that specified traffic laws apply, including those related to basic speed law, reckless driving, and speed contests and exhibitions of speed, except as specified. This bill would authorize a city or county to include in that ordinance or resolution authorization for the operator of privately owned and maintained offstreet parking facility to regulate unauthorized parking.

AB 2414 (Ting D) Parking Facilities: Electric Vehicle Charging.

The California Constitution generally prohibits the making of a gift of any public money, or thing of value. This bill would specify that the use of electricity by state government and other government entities, state officers and employees, or other persons for the charging of an electric vehicle in a department maintained or joint use motor vehicle parking facility is not a gift of public funds that is prohibited by the California Constitution. This bill contains other existing laws.

AB 2415 (Ting D) Energy: Electric Vehicle Charging Station: Matching Grants.

Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to administer programs to provide financial assistance to local governments undertaking energy conservation projects. This bill would require the commission to develop and administer an electric vehicle charging station matching grant program to provide financial assistance to cities, counties, and a city and county for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at public on-street parking locations.

AB 2597 (Ting D) Energy: Electric Vehicles: Grid Impact.

Existing law establishes the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and requires the commission to conduct assessments and forecasts of all aspects of energy industry supply, production, transportation, delivery, and distribution. This bill would require the commission, on or before December 1, 2015, to submit a report to the Legislature on the feasibility, potential benefits, and electrical grid impacts of using electric vehicles as an energy storage device for meeting load demands placed on the electrical grid. The bill would repeal this provision on January 1, 2020.

SB 1275 (De León D) Vehicle Retirement and Replacement: Charge Ahead California Initiative.

Existing law creates an enhanced fleet modernization program for the retirement of high polluting vehicles to be administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair pursuant to guidelines adopted by the State Air Resources Board. Existing law requires the program’s guidelines to be updated no later than June 30, 2015. Existing law requires the updated guidelines to ensure vehicle replacement be an option for all motor vehicle owners and may be in addition to compensation for vehicles retired, as specified. This bill would require the updated guidelines to ensure there be a mobility option, as defined, and that the compensation for a mobility option be no less than the combination of what the motor vehicle owner would have received as compensation toward a replacement vehicle and the amount of a specified incentive available for a qualified plug-in battery electric vehicle. The bill also would require the updated guidelines to ensure the inclusion of car sharing, as specified.


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