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Overcoming roadblocks to California’s public EV charging infrastructure

electric vehicle icon plugged in to a charging station
February 2024
The Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Key Takeaways

  • Difficulties in connecting charging sites to the grid pose the biggest delays in bringing publicly accessible EV charging stations online.
  • Permitting delays still occur in some local jurisdictions despite new streamlining measures.
  • Planning code updates may be needed to facilitate approvals of EV charging stations as the primary use of a site.
  • Standardized reporting of permit turnaround times is needed to track the effectiveness of EV charging station streamlining legislation.