The City of Beverly Hills, California has updated their Electric Vehicle Charging Policy which they say will encourage more efficient use of the City’s 35 public EV charging stations.
The new policy takes effect on April 2, 2018 and is said to help prepare for increasing demand for the City’s EV charging infrastructure and to encourage more efficient use of the 35 publicly available EV charging stations at City facilities. The 35 stations at 15 locations include a total of 59 Level 2 connectors.
Beverly Hills’ EV charging stations are reserved exclusively for battery-only electric vehicles that are connected and actively charging under the new policy. All other vehicles including plug-in hybrids, gas-only vehicles and any BEV not actively charging may be penalized by a fine and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
Key components of the EV Charging Policy include:
* Implementing energy and station fees, in addition to facility parking fees.
* Prohibiting plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from charging.
* Implementing new enforcement regulation inherent in signage.
The new policy also establishes a fee of $0.25/kWh when the vehicle is charging in addition to a $6.00/hour fee that accrues after the first two hours to encourage drivers to move and make the station available for others.
The policy was developed with the Beverly Hills Traffic & Parking Commission and presented to City Council on July 5, 2006.