Who Should Pay for Electric Vehicle Chargers? Who Should Profit?
This is an interesting post about installation of charging stations for electric vehicles in different states. California allowed only private players to own and operate charging stations until 2015, when the ban on utilities doing the same was lifted. Since then, PG&E, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric have been approved to build a network of 12,500 charging stations at a cost of $200 million. Massachusetts allows utilities to build underground infrastructure and private players to operate above the ground. In Texas, only utilities are allowed to own and operate electric charging stations. The thinking behind the private-public partnership is to subsidize the cost of charging stations until, at least, there are enough electric cars on the roads.
This cautious approach in different states contrasts with the privatization push for electric charging stations abroad. For example, Didi Chuxing, the world's largest electric rideshare service, recently announced plans to build charging stations in China. In Europe, BMW, Ford, Daimler, and Volkswagen also announced Ionity, a venture that aims to build 400 high power charging stations abroad, earlier this week.
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