Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Open Access Requirements

EV charging station service providers may not charge a subscription fee or require membership for use of their public charging stations. In addition, providers must disclose the actual charges for using public EV charging stations at the point of sale; allow contactless payment and pay-by-phone payment methods; install the Open Charge Point interoperability billing standard on each EV charging station; and disclose the EV charging station geographic location, schedule of fees, accepted methods of payment, and network roaming charges to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Beginning July 10, 2024, direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations must also include Plug-and-Charge payment capabilities. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the California Air Resources Board EV Charging Station Standards website.

(Reference California Health and Safety Code 44268 and 44268.2 and Senate Bill 123, 2023)

Jurisdiction: California

Type: Laws and Regulations

Enacted: Sep 28, 2013

Amended: Jul 10, 2023

Technologies: EVs, PHEVs

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