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Under California's new law, cars parked in EV charging spaces can be towed if they are not plugged in - a move that threatens to throw off existing rules for EV etiquette.
As we bring electric vehicles into the mainstream, there are bound to be some logistical hiccups along the way.
California's Governor, Jerry Brown, recently signed a law stipulating that battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) can be towed if they are found parked in EV charging station parking spots and are not plugged into the stations. Seems logical. It's like towing a car that's illegally parked in a handicapped space, right?
Wrong. Here's where it gets tricky: the existing EV etiquette deems that if an EV parked in a charging space has finished charging, a nearby EV owner may remove the charger and plug it into his or her own car. Now, under the new law, the EV owner who was parked in the designated EV charging space but is now charger-less could be towed.
The legislation has also drawn attention to the debate over PHEV rights, so to speak. Proponents of the law argue that it was needed to make sure that all EV owners would be able to use the chargers. Meanwhile, critics argue that since PHEVs should not be able to use public chargers because they use gasoline as a backup source of fuel, and so are not completely dependent on electricity.
The arguments are sure to continue. Jay Friedland, legislative director of EV advocacy group Plug In America, told AutoObserver that California lawmakers are already working to present a 2012 bill that would rectify the parking space dilemma. But Betsy Butler, of Torrance, California, who introduced the bill, said that as the number of EV drivers on the roads is set to increase dramatically over the next few years, legislation is needed to ensure equal access to existing chargers.
Consider this the beginning of a long discussion about how to accommodate the growing number of EVs on the road, as well as shaping evolving rules regarding electric vehicle etiquette.
Sep 12, 2011
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So you have public tax dollars being used to build charging stations that charge private vehicles in order to futher a social change in behavior of people who are RICH enough to own one of these cars? People could easily walk by and unplug every vehicle since they can look (rightly) as these people using their tax dollars and as mentioned every car would then be towed away. Now would they then make a law to fine people who unplug cars being charged? Now they would need video survelience of all lots to catch these people - with facial recognition to ID every person in the lot. Course if it takes 8 hours to get a full charge everyone in their right mind would ALWAYS ensure that they go to a free lot and use other people's tax dollars to charge their car up every day - it would save them $10 to $15 a day in electric bills! They then get Federal tax $ to buy the car, Calif tax credits and free electicity to use it! - And as mentioned, most people who buy these cars are RICH - they can afford to pay $10 to $30K more compared to a gas vehicle that has same features. When are they going to build charging stations in Watts?
What is WRONG with our whole freaking country? The DECENT thing to do would be to tow the unplugged offending EV into a non-charging space ten feet away. Problem solved. But NO! We have to tow and fine and bludgeon this simple thing with idiotic force. I hate this whole Ferengi nation. Money money money money... sickening.
Typical CA law! I neither live in CA nor drive an electric, but it immediately occurred to me- simply attach a dummy cord to any vehicle, gas guzzler or not-- Instant free parking.
What if some SOB unplugged you out of spite? Would you come out only to find your $50K hybrid had been impounded for $200?
Is this an actual problem yet? What is to stop someone plugging their car into the charger whether it needs it or not just to avoid getting towed? Sounds like a classic knee-jerk legislation!
Public charging points are going to be limited. One needs to charge and then free the space for others to use. In these days of incredible communication all that is needed is that when it gets close to full/set charge your car gives you a call to come move it. If some program like this is not put in place some people are going to get an EV just to secure a free all-day parking spot in cities where parking is very hard to find and expensive. Inconsiderate people are going to zip into a charging spot, plug in when they may already be about full, and head off for a few hours of shopping/whatever. I'd have no problem with charger stations that auto-called up the parking police when a non-charging car, EV or otherwise, sits in a charge space for more than a limited amount of time.
I GUARANTEE this would happen virtually every time a Tea Bagger in an SUV walked by an EV just out of pure unadulterated spite.
And I'm a Democrat. And I have a good laugh when ever I see an SUV with a Save the Planet sticker on it. Most eco nazis are hypocrites.
you refer to your political opponents by a derogatory name and accuse _them_ of spite? Maybe you should spend some time looking in the mirror.