Q Is it right for an EV or plug-in hybrid to stay parked in an electric vehicle parking space after they are done charging. There is much written about EV convention that indicates one should move their vehicle when done charging to free up space for others, but I am curious about the law. A According to state law, they can be towed if not being charged. At the start, it's impossible for parking control officers to know whether the charging session ended minutes or hours before they came upon the carrier. Cities are taking a measured approach so as not to deter electric vehicle ownership and usage. San Jose imposes a surcharge after a lowest grace period on those who remain plugged in after their vehicle is fully recharged. Said Laura-the-San-Jose-EV-Person: "We conviction this modest additional charge will provide a reminder, if not an incentive, for folks to move their cars when they are full. " Palo Alto has a three-hour limit for staying in charging spaces, after which a conveyance can be ticketed. The biggest problem there has been people unplugging other people's cars and running the charging cord into an adjacent, non-EV parking while. In this case, the car in the EV space might get a ticket because it isn't charging anymore. Palo Alto police will visit EV owners at their offices if they unplugged someone and stretched the cord into a non-EV leeway. San Francisco Muni limits vehicles to four hours at an EV charger between 8 a. m. and 6 p. m. and requires that vehicles left there be actively charging. My view: Once you have a full charge, move your electric car. That is the courteous thing to do. Q Why does San Jose charge a $1. 25 access fee to command up your car in a city garage. It makes it uneconomical for plug-in Prius drivers, Volt drivers, and maybe others. I was charged $1. 83 to do battle with up my Prius, which will go 11. 4 miles on that charge. The kilowatt-hour charge of 20 cents is high, but the access fee is the true killer. It makes no sense for me to plug in and charge up. It's cheaper to drive home with gas powering my Prius. Palo Alto A Other drivers have voiced this grumble, and the city will review the rate it charges before the end of the year. But don't get your hopes up. The city cannot match residential electricity rates, as its commercial reprove is much higher than the residential rate. Plus, the fee includes the city's cost to maintain and operate the chargers: to provide faith card access to drivers, to license software, a per-charger fee for access to the network, and what it calls a modest maintenance budget to substitute for... The city has a lower rate in the evening to make EV charging accessible to those with no home access. Said Laura-the-San-Jose-EV-Child: "The city's goal is to charge no more than is necessary to cover its costs. Staff intends to review its EV charger program in the next month. If there is a way to subdue the rate and still cover the city's costs, we will do so. " Look for Gary Richards at Facebook.
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