Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the RI Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau.
STATE HOUSE — Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) has introduced legislation that calls for a statewide EV charging station infrastructure.
The bill (2021-H 5031) would require the Department of Transportation, along with the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Office of Energy Resources, to develop a plan for a statewide electric vehicle charging station infrastructure in order to make those stations more accessible to the public.
“This is important legislation if we’re going to achieve our goal of reducing carbon emissions in the state,” said Representative McNamara. “This plan will go a long way toward encouraging Rhode Islanders to purchase electric vehicles. It’s critical that people who live away from urban areas have access to charging stations. Implementing this plan would make us a leader in New England.”
The deadline for formation of the plan would be Jan. 1, 2022. McNamara said the charging station infrastructure will be a boon to Rhode Island’s tourism industry, encouraging travel to the state by those with electric vehicles.
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