North Carolina Bill Would Destroy EV Chargers On Public Property Unless There’s Also A Free Gas Or Diesel Pump

The North Carolina Pilot reports:

State Rep. Ben Moss, who won the GOP primary against Jamie Boles for the newly drawn District 52 seat, is one of four Republicans in the House co-sponsoring legislation that would add regulation to the state’s incipient electric vehicle infrastructure.

Moss’ bill, HB 1049, was filed May 25. Known as the “Equitable Vehicle Fuel Stations,” it would essentially eliminate any free electric vehicle charging stations on public property if a free gas pump is not similarly provided.

Also, the bill would prevent the state or local governments from funding free chargers if they don’t provide a gas pump as well. The bill would also require private businesses that offer free chargers to disclose to customers on receipts the pro rata fees they are paying to maintain the stations.

Car & Driver reports:

Moss decided that his animating principle is Being Mad at Electricity. To prove his animosity toward this invisible menace, he’s sponsoring House Bill 1049, which would allocate $50,000 to destroy free public car chargers. We’ve simply got to do something about these free public chargers, even if it costs us $50,000! Those things cost tens of cents per hour, when they’re being used.

That rule only comes into play if a town refuses to build free gas and diesel pumps next to the EV chargers. House Bill 1049 also decrees that all customer receipts will have to show what share of the bill went toward the charger out in the lot. That way, anyone who showed up for dinner in an F-150 (not the electric one) can get mad that their jalapeño poppers helped pay for a business expense not directly related to them.