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Fines will be applied to any vehicle that parks in the space without charging

If you've ever pulled into a gas station to fill up your car only to be stymied by someone who filled up their car and then went into the store to shop, you know how irritating it can be to be blocked from refueling. Apparently, Washington EV drivers are fed up with gasoline-powered vehicles using parking spaces in front of malls/shopping centers equipped with electric chargers and specially designated for electric vehicles.

The irritation for many electric vehicle owners is that there is currently no incentive in place to prevent gasoline-powered vehicle drivers from hogging spaces equipped with electric vehicle chargers.
The problem, however, is now being addressed by the Washington State Legislature with a new bill proposed last month that would impose a fine of $124 on drivers who park in a designated charging station without charging a vehicle. Lawmakers in the House approved the fine by a vote of 84-12. The fine had previously been approved by the state Senate and now goes to the governor to be signed into law or vetoed.

The fine won't only apply to gasoline vehicles that park in charging station spaces. Even electric vehicles parked in the charging station space, but not charging will be subject to the $124 fine. The bill also requires charging stations be marked with a vertical sign and green pavement making them marked in a similar method as handicapped spots.

The Obama administration is betting big on advanced powertrain technologies for automobiles, including fully electric vehicles. The administration last week announced a 75 percent increase in funding for vehicle research.

Source: Oregon Live

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RE: I have a question...
By retrospooty on 4/16/2013 12:30:49 PM , Rating: 2
"Another incentive is that electric cars are generally expensive and are bought by the affluent. Luxury shopping malls (like South Coast in Irvine) have EV charging stations because they want to be "the place" rich people can go to shop and charge their expensive cars."

I dunno. I would think the affluent usually buy something nicer, like BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, or even higher end if they can afford it.

"Also, charging stations are placed in "primo" spots due to cost as well. Closer to building = less wiring. It would be pretty stupid to install new wiring under the asphalt across the entire parking lot."

Anywhere on the side or rear would work. Also, any parking lot large enough to have anything described as "across the entire parking lot" would have lighting, so electricity is already there.

RE: I have a question...
By lagomorpha on 4/16/2013 1:39:48 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno. I would think the affluent usually buy something nicer, like BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, or even higher end if they can afford it.

It's really hard for a business to put in "Space reserved for people with really expensive cars" signs without invoking bad taste.

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