Legislature Passes Bill to Support EV Charging

Removes lease restrictions for tenants paying to install EV charging

Sacramento, Calif. – Assembly Bill (AB) 2565 by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi moves to Governor Jerry Brown after passing both houses of the State Legislature with bipartisan support.

AB2565 will give tenants the right to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at their home or business if the tenant is willing to pay for the installation. Today, lease restrictions often times add financial burden or even stop tenants from installing charging stations at all. ChargePoint has worked with Assemblymember Murastuschi, prior opponents and longtime supporters in drafting AB 2565. ChargePoint’s CEO, Pasquale Romano had the following to say:

“The widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is driven by access to EV charging. AB 2565 is critical to expanding access to charging around the state, including to the more than 40% of Californians who live in multifamily housing. This bill fosters the EV industry and drives the state toward Governor Brown’s goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by 2025. In addition, local economies throughout California will benefit from the employment opportunities created as the industry grows. I thank Assemblymember Muratsuchi and Senate Floor Manager Kevin de León for their strong support of the EV industry, and I urge the Governor to add his signature to this legislation.”

California is the largest market for EVs in the U.S., representing over one third of national sales. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates that between 1 million and 1.2 million public, workplace and residential charging stations are needed statewide by 2020. Governor Brown has until September 30 to sign AB 2565 into law.

About ChargePoint

ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 18,500 charging locations and a 70%+ market share. 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 8 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 5.7 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 4.9 million gallons of gasoline and driven 117 million gas free miles.

For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com.