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Virginia State Parks may offer electric vehicle charging stations

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.” That may soon change … or at least begin to change … thanks to Virginia House Bill 443, passed in January.

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 adds 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.

HB 443 is one of the country’s first park-specific EV charging bills.

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BILLY Bob Thronton
6 months ago

Vote the bums who approve this out in VA.

Duane R
6 months ago

Typically, parks appear secluded and remote, …this can result in the absence of basic services like electricity

So, the legislature is apparently okay with burning diesel fuel to run the generators to re-charge these “green” electric vehicles. Puzzling.

bill n stacey
6 months ago

An Agenda being forced on Americans and Industry!

Bruce
6 months ago
Reply to  bill n stacey

So if becomes to norm, I would certainly hope the campgrounds start assessing a fee to use them like some charging more for 50amp, water hookups, sewer hookups etc. Free ride for EV right now until the sneak in the mileage taxes which is coming. Pull revenue from the gas tax they will find a way to get it back

The Lazy Q
6 months ago
Reply to  Bruce

I expect the mileage tax soon and it will cost more than a gas tax. But I also see the lame duck legislatures moving away from gas tax and tax mileage for better profits so they can give more of our hard earned money away. Oh the things we can tax in the future. The things their dreams are made of.

BILLY Bob Thronton
6 months ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

Never happen. Big switch coming in ’22/’24.

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