To charge or not to charge? That is the question!
PG&E announced it wants to build electric-car charging stations throughout the state paid for by 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 these charging systems. There is no free lunch or 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. All drivers need to pay for the construction and maintenance of roads.
Michael Levine, Fresno