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Virginia Bill Seeks to Bring EV Charging to State and Local Parks

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States have put a spotlight on legislation associated with electric vehicles (EV) this year’s session as battery technology advances and the price of gas increases, according to a News & Insights report of the RV Industry Association (RVIA).

States are getting ready for the increasing number of electric vehicles that will be on the road, preparing HOV lane access to new rules for EV manufacturing facilities. As more EVs roll out, one of the biggest problems involves charging.

Numerous states are taking a proactive approach and are attempting to require urban buildings to have and maintain EV charging stations. Virginia, however, is also taking action when it pertains to areas off the grid.

Virginia House Bill 443, passed in January, seeks to tackle EV charging issues in the least urbanized areas in the state, its state parks, and local parks.

Virginia’s parks are home to campgrounds, lakes, and outdoor recreation areas. Going to the state park is as easy as driving along the highway for most people. However, for owners of electric vehicles, traveling to the parks may be a cause of “range anxiety.”

Typically, parks appear secluded and remote, providing an escape from the stress of daily life. However, this can result in the absence of basic services like electricity and plumbing. In some instances, these locations are distant, and the installation of these services is incredibly complicated. Due to the rising demand for electric vehicles, an entirely new problem was created. Park users must be able to reach the park, while also being able to get back home.

The legislation allows the state park authorities to “locate, operate, regulate the use of, and install signage relating to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on property under its jurisdiction.” Additionally, the bill includes park authorities to a list of organizations that can run EV chargers outside the conventional definition of “selling electricity,” avoiding issues that might arise from being a utility.

The bill is designed to encourage parks officials to invest in EV charging infrastructure to ensure that all people, including EV owners, can enjoy Virginia’s parks. Although there’s no guarantee that this will prompt park authorities to put in EV chargers,  it’s an important acknowledgment of the need for charging infrastructures in outdoor recreation places, the RVIA said.

HB 443 is one of the country’s first park-specific EV charging bills and sets a great model for other states to follow. With the increasing number of EVs being introduced as “tow-capable,” the need for EV charging at locations like campgrounds and RV parks is expected to increase.

The RV Industry Association State Affairs team continues to keep an eye on the legislative landscape to identify trends in the EV sector.

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