Utilities, petroleum companies and startups all want a piece of the pie.
October 20, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Electric vehicles are seen as the automobile industry’s future, but a battle is brewing in states across the U.S. over who should control the charging stations that could gradually replace fuel pumps, reports the Wall Street Journal.
From Exelon Corp. to Southern California Edison, utilities have sought regulatory approval to upgrade their infrastructure in preparation for EV charging and, in some cases, to own and operate chargers. Consumer advocates are concerned about higher electric rates, and startup companies argue that establishing charger stations should be open to private-sector competition, not controlled by monopoly utilities.
NACS believes that EV charging should be an open, competitive market. Convenience and fuel retailers should have the option to sell any legal source of transportation energy in a competitive market with a level playing field. Allowing the private sector to compete is the best way to spur investment in and the development of electric charging infrastructure. It is also the best way to ensure that vehicle owners get the best prices over the long term. With over 122,000 fueling locations, the convenience industry is the best way to fulfill the energy needs of future drivers—regardless of the energy source.