Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Improve Electric Vehicle Infrastructure into Law


California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation into law to improve access to reliable EV chargers for California drivers. The EV Charging Reliability Transparency Act, sponsored by FLO and ChargerHelp!, will help policymakers and EV drivers understand the performance of California’s EV infrastructure and highlight inequities in driver access to reliable stations.

“If we want consumers to buy EVs, they need to know they can depend on public charging stations. Unfortunately, this is an area of needed improvement for the industry as EVs become more mainstream,” said Louis Tremblay, President and CEO of FLO. “Thanks to Governor Newsom and California lawmakers, the EV Charging Reliability Transparency Act will tackle this issue head on.”

In a recent survey by Plug In America, over half of respondents cited issues accessing public charging infrastructure, with broken chargers cited as the most common issue. Additionally, the University of California, Berkeley found only 72.5% of fast chargers in the state’s Bay Area were functional.

Authored by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Reyes (D–San Bernardino) and Assembly Budget Committee Chair Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) the law requires the disclosure of reliability data for all publicly funded EV charging stations in California and encourages the state to set requirements to increase overall reliability throughout all communities.

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Daily Journal, 19-09-22