Sacramento, Calif. – ChargePoint – the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network – applauds the advancement of AB2565 through the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, which would allow a tenant to install an EV charging station in a leased parking lot if the tenant is willing to pay, now heads to the Senate floor. ChargePoint has been a longtime advocate of policy that supports the EV industry. As such, ChargePoint has worked with the bill’s author, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, prior opponents and long-time supporters, in drafting AB2565. ChargePoint CEO, Pasquale Romano had the following to say after yesterday’s Committee hearing:
“To support current and future growth of the EV industry, California needs to ensure everyone statewide has the ability to install charging stations for personal or public use. Right now there is no law in place to protect against lease restrictions, which can delay, add financial burdens or even stop small businesses and apartment tenants from installing EV charging stations. Fortunately, AB2565 will change that and allow individuals and businesses to install self-financed EV charging stations. This legislation is critical to apartment dwellers – which make up 40% of California residents – giving them the ability to install charging stations at their home.
I want to thank Assemblymember Muratsuchi for authoring AB 2565 to address this issue, and commend Senators Andy Vidak, Ellen Corbett, Ricardo Lara, Mark Leno, Bill Monning and Committee Chair Hannah-Beth Jackson, who passed the legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Over the past few weeks, thousands of ChargePoint drivers have sent letters to their elected officials in support of AB2565, and we are all thankful for their efforts to foster the EV industry helping meet our state’s environmental and clean air goals.”
California is the largest market for EVs in the U.S. and Governor Brown has set a goal to reach 1.5 million EVs by 2025. Recently, the California Energy Commission released an assessment of EV Infrastructure needed to meet California’s adoption goals. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates that between 806,000 and 876,000 residential charging stations are needed statewide by 2020.
ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 18,000 charging locations. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint’s open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join.
ChargePoint’s real-time network information including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs including the new BMW i3 and the Nissan LEAF. Every 9 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 5 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 4.3 million gallons of gasoline and driven over 100 million gas free miles.
For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com.