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AB 591 (Gabriel) Electric vehicle service equipment: universal connectors and public accessibility.

Person charging EV
Person plugging in an electric vehicle. Photo by Canva.

Existing law prohibits requiring a person to pay a subscription fee or obtain a membership in any club, association, or organization in order to use an electric vehicle (EV) charging station that requires payment of a fee and requires an EV charging station that requires payment of a fee to allow a person desiring to use the station to pay via credit card or mobile technology, or both.

AB 591 would instead require an EV charging station that requires payment of a fee to allow a person desiring to use the station to pay via credit card. The bill would require that any EV service equipment (EVSE) installed or substantially retrofitted, except for private use at a single-family residence, include universal connectors that enable any EV to charge using the EVSE and be publicly accessible, including by enabling a person desiring to use the EV charging station to pay via credit card.

Committee Location: Assembly Appropriations; APPROVED March 21 in the Transportation Committee

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