Hawaii bill would require EV charging stations in parking lots

The Hawaii State Senate is considering a bill that would require owners of parking lots to provide at least one exclusive space equipped with an EV charging station.

Senate Bill 2651 would apply to parking lots with 100 spaces or more, and would go into effect in 2015. The bill was approved unanimously by the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment on January 30. It moves next to the Committee on Judiciary and Labor before coming up for a third and final reading in the Senate.

The measure would establish fines of $1,000 and up for parking lot owners who fail to provide the required charging stations. Scofflaws would be allowed 120 days to comply.

Several EV organizations and a dozen individuals testified in support of the bill.

 

Source: Big Island Now