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California’s Misguided Electric Vehicle Policies

Brendan Flanagan writes on RealClearEnergy that California’s electric vehicle policies are misguided because they don’t incorporate enough private sector involvement.

The C3 Take
  • California awarded public utilities the contracts to build EV charging stations in California.
  • In order to cover these charges, utilities will need to raise their rates for electricity, disproportionately harming lower-income families that are less likely to own electric vehicles in the first place.
  • This policy also discourages private sector involvement, which will harm the efficiency of EV charging stations being built.

“If California’s elected officials are serious about transitioning to EVs by 2035, more EV chargers will be needed. The best way and most consumer-friendly way to get more EV chargers is to work with the private market to get more private capital invested in charging. But, to do that, the state should stop approving utility companies that want to increase the bills of their customers to cover the cost of EV charging.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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