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AB-1100 Electric vehicles: parking requirements.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The state has a goal to deploy 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025, and 5 million by 2030, respectively.
(b) The California Energy Commission’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection modeling tool has determined 250,000 electric vehicle charging stations, inclusive of 10,000 DC fast chargers, are needed by 2025 to support the 2025 zero-emission vehicle deployment goal.
(c) To date, approximately 18,000 public charging stations, including approximately 2,700 DC fast chargers, have been installed in the state.
(d) The California Green Building Standards Code specifies the standards for the construction of California’s buildings, including the infrastructure necessary to support the future installation of electric vehicle supply equipment.
(e) The California Green Building Standards Code currently does not define electric vehicle charging stations as parking spaces, despite the fact that these electric vehicles can be parked at a charging space for a lengthy period of time.
(f) Some local governments have required developers of electric vehicle supply equipment to construct additional parking space spaces to comply with locally mandated minimum parking requirements.
(g) The requirement to construct additional parking spaces can run counter to state environmental goals, is costly and often technically infeasible, and creates an artificial barrier to electric vehicle charging station deployment.
(h) Some local jurisdictions, including the Counties of Los Angeles, Sonoma, and Sacramento, and the Cities of Stockton, West Hollywood, Santa Barbara, and Pleasanton, have enacted ordinances to count electric vehicle charging spaces as one or more parking spaces for purposes of required parking.
(i) California must reduce unnecessary and arbitrary barriers to electric vehicle charging station deployment to support its 2025 and 2030 zero-emission vehicle deployment goals.

SEC. 2.

 Section 22511.2 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

22511.2.
 (a) A parking space served by electric vehicle supply equipment or a parking space designated as a future electric vehicle charging space shall count as at least one standard automobile parking space for the purpose of complying with any applicable minimum parking space requirements established by a local jurisdiction.
(b) An accessible parking space with an access aisle served by electric vehicle supply equipment or an accessible parking space with an aisle designated as a future electric vehicle charging space shall count as at least two standard automobile parking spaces for the purpose of complying with any applicable minimum parking space requirements established by a local jurisdiction.
(c) This section does not modify the approval requirements for an electric vehicle charging station pursuant to Section 65850.7 of the Government Code.
(d) The following definitions apply for purposes of this section:
(1) “Electric vehicle supply equipment” has the same definition as that term is used in the latest published version of the California Electrical Code, that is in effect, and applies to any level or capacity of supply equipment installed specifically for the purpose of transferring energy between the premises wiring and the electric vehicle.
(2) “Electric vehicle charging space” means a space designated by a local jurisdiction for charging electric vehicles.
(3) “Local jurisdiction” means a city, including a charter city, county, or city and county.
SEC. 3.
 The Legislature finds and declares that ensuring access to electric vehicle charging spaces is a matter of statewide concern and is not a municipal affair as that term is used in Section 5 of Article XI of the California Constitution. Therefore, this act applies to all cities, including a charter city.