PG&E announced it wants to build electric car-charging stations throughout the state paid for by its ratepayers. What chutzpah! I pay for my gas when I fill up and the electricity I use at home. Now PG&E is suggesting we ratepayers pay for electric car owners to charge up.
Wrong! Now is the time for PG&E to be stripped up its monopoly position and face the real world. The idea of creating a statewide car-charging system is an excellent goal, as long as it is paid for by users of this charging system. There is no free lunch/ride, and people who buy electric cars need to pay for car charging just like the rest of us who buy gas.
Furthermore, the state needs to charge a road-user fee for electric cars. With the predicted dramatic increase in electric-car use over the next decade, it no longer makes economic sense to offer incentives for the purchase of electric cars or give these owners a free ride from the maintenance of California’s road system.