Wednesday, August 17, 2022

North Carolina’s plan to ban free EV charging is an environmental disgrace

HometechNorth Carolina’s plan to ban free EV charging is an environmental disgrace
The proposed bill is plain stupid and ridiculous

North Carolina may be headed in the opposite direction as the federal government moves toward standardising fast-charging infrastructure and establishing the first national network of stations on roads.

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Rep. Keith Kidwell, along with Reps. Ben Moss of Richmond County, Mark Brody of Union County, and George Cleveland of Onslow County, introduced House Bill 1049, one of the most anti-EV measures in the country, last week.

The plan, titled “Equitable Free Vehicle Fuel Stations,” seeks to eliminate free charging stations in North Carolina and prohibit EV charging on government land. Unless free gasoline and diesel fuel outlets are “equitably” accessible.

Here is how the House of Representatives combats ‘injustice’

First, the measure requires companies (restaurants, etc.) with free charging stations to print at the bottom of each receipt the percentage of the client’s payment that goes toward subsidising charging, regardless of whether the consumer uses the service.

It is unclear how retailers are to compute this cost, unless they can correctly ascertain how much business was generated by the free charge. Here, the logistics do not actually work.

However, even if there were a way, it is irrelevant. How is free EV charging different from spending money on advertisements or giving free WiFi? They all come from the same operational budget that attempts to attract the greatest number of clients.

The second objective of the measure is to prevent the use of public monies (from the state and municipal governments) for free EV charging on public territory unless free fossil fuels are also given.

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Due to the impossibility of installing free petrol stations, this is the point at which things go truly mad. The greater price of gasoline compared to that of electricity would necessitate bigger public finances, necessitating more taxes.

And if Representatives are so concerned about wasting tax dollars, shouldn’t tax dollars be used to improve your planet (and your life)?

In a word, the bill’s contents are unambiguous: no more gratuitous EV charging.

Restricting EV adoption is not just.
Realistically speaking, the introduction of such policies could never be beneficial. This is an obvious anti-EV polemic provocatively masked as “equity.”

Let’s examine the final portion of the bill:

There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Transportation the sum of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) in nonrecurring funds for the 2022-2023 fiscal year for the purpose of removing any electric vehicle charging stations that do not comply with the provisions of this act.

In actuality, this goes into force on July 1 regardless of whether the aforementioned requirements are written into law. It makes no sense, does it?

Thus, the issue is not with free charges, but with EVs in general.

The fact is that this law is intended to get support from naive individuals who believe that EV charging is expensive and that the advantages do not outweigh the expenses.

But let me be clear on one point: providing free charging is not a question of prejudice towards ICE owners or preference towards “a few wealthy individuals” who can afford an EV; it is a need.

Transportation accounts for 27 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. To ease this problem and advance our climate goals, we require the transition to electric cars, as well as any incentive that would help us get there.

Thankfully, the entire bill has not yet become law and is up to a vote. If you reside in North Carolina, or if you just don’t want to see the world burn, you may visit the bill’s page and tell the politicians that it’s foolish.