Santa Monica to Consider EV Charging Fees

By Jorge Casuso : surfsantamonica – excerpt

January 13, 2020 — With electric vehicles eating into parking revenues and boosting charging station costs, Santa Monica is rethinking its policies encouraging their use.

The City Council on Tuesday will consider imposing a fee to use City owned charging stations, which are currently free, as well as charging a $1 per minute “overstay fee” for those who exceed the posted time limit.

The Council also will consider revisiting a program that allows EVs displaying the proper decals to park for free at City parking meters that are losing potential revenues.

“As the demand for EV charging grows and more stations are installed throughout the City, it is increasingly necessary to have a clear strategy to deploy, manage, and reinvest in the City’s EV charging program,” staff wrote in their report to the Council.

In addition, staff noted that the rise in the number of EVs parking for free at meters “will contribute to existing parking meter revenue declines, though precise amounts are unknown.”… (more)

Let’s see, the more EVs the less pollution but lost parking revenues. What is the goal? Eliminating greenhouse gasses or collecting revenue?

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