88th Texas Legislature’s Recap for TxETRA

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AUSTIN, TX – This session, the Texas Legislature passed marked the first step toward comprehensive state oversight of electric vehicle charging stations in Texas. As more and more electric vehicles drive on Texas roads and highways, these measures will hold charging station owners accountable and ensure they are subject to the same type of oversight as gas pumps.

  • SB 1001 requires companies that own and operate charging stations to register with the state, maintain stations according to national standards, and submit periodic inspections to ensure charging stations are working properly. The bill also protects consumers and promotes transparency by requiring EV charging stations to post the cost per kWh that users expect to pay.
  • SB 1002 requires electric utilities to provide infrastructure that allows EV chargers to plug in. It ensures that enough electric vehicle charging stations are installed so electric vehicle users in Texas can travel border to border and from community to community and still have access to adequate EV charging.
  • SB 1732 requires that any publicly funded charging stations be equipped with a standard plug.
  • SB 1364 increases the weight limit for battery electric trucks by 2,000 lbs.
  • SB 505 sets a $200 fee on electric vehicles for the use of roads and bridges. 

“As the EV industry accelerates, it’s up to our state and local governments to accommodate with accessible electric infrastructure,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, the Executive Director of TxETRA. “We extend our gratitude to leaders like Gov. Abbott, state Sen. Charles Schwertner, state Rep. Ken King, and others for looking ahead at the future of and laying out a strong foundation for electric vehicle users in Texas.” 

About Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance (TxETRA)

TxETRA (Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance) is a leading organization in Texas focused on expanding electric mobility and driving the policies and actions that will electrify the state. They partner with national, state, and local entities to promote policies and projects that increase access to electric vehicles and encourage adoption.

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