Oregon’s Government Ethics Commission has ruled that the state cannot provide free or reduced-cost EV charging to state employees, unless it is counted as compensation.
The Department of Administrative Services is developing a policy for EV charging stations across state government. “We have been working to develop a policy that will guide state agencies, and that work’s not done yet,” said spokesman Matt Shelby (via East Oregonian).
The agency estimates that a driver who plugs in 40 hours per week would cost the state approximately $15 per month in electricity usage. Once maintenance and administrative costs are added, state employees will be required to pay “at least $20 a month” for workplace charging, said Shelby.
“We manage parking for the state on state property, so it kind of makes sense for us to be tasked with managing the charging stations as well,” Shelby said, adding that he pays a monthly fee for his parking spot.