BILL NUMBER: SB 1455 AMENDED BILL TEXT AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 26, 2010 AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 13, 2010 INTRODUCED BY Senator Kehoe FEBRUARY 19, 2010 An act to add Section 740.12 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to electric vehicles. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST SB 1455, as amended, Kehoe. Plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles: Internet Web site. Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations and gas corporations, as defined. Existing law requires the PUC, in cooperation with specified entities, to evaluate and implement policies to promote the development of equipment and infrastructure needed to facilitate the use of electric power and natural gas to fuel low-emission vehicles. Existing law requires the PUC, in consultation with specified entities, to evaluate policies to develop infrastructure sufficient to overcome any barriers to the widespread deployment and use of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and, by July 1, 2011, to adopt rules that address related matters. This bill would require, by January 1, 2013, the PUC, in consultation with specified entities, to develop an Internet Web site for consumers who are considering the purchase of a plug-in hybrid or a fully electric vehicle
with, to provide certain information regarding the costs and charging infrastructure associated with fueling such a vehicle. Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. Section 740.12 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read: 740.12. By January 1, 2013, the commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission, electrical corporations, the motor vehicle industry, and the California Electric Transportation Coalition, shall develop an Internet Web site to inform consumers who are considering the purchase of a plug-in hybrid or a fully electric vehicle of the costs and charging infrastructure associated with fueling that vehicle. The Internet Web site shall include information as follows: (a) Information to assist a consumer in determining whether a vehicle will require a utility service upgrade at the consumer's residence . (b) Basic charging circuit requirements. (c) RateUtility rate options. (d) Load management techniques. (e) Any other information the commission determines to be necessary to fully inform a consumer considering the purchase of a plug-in hybrid or an electric vehicle of the essential costs of, and infrastructure required for, charging that vehicle.