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The Plug and the Nozzle
- ZEV Infrastructure Permitting Newsletter No. 5 -

ZEV Stakeholder,


We are pleased to provide six important updates in this issue related to zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure. Read on for details.

1) ZEV Permitting Olympics – Streamline CA by Earth Day, 2021
Covid-19 postpone
d the 2020 Summer Olympics, but not California’s efforts to rapidly accelerate the ZEV Market. Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-79-20 on September 23, 2020, setting a target that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger vehicles will be zero-emission by 2035, as well as ambitious targets for zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Getting to 100 percent ZEV sales hinges on rapidly building out plug-in charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure, an effort that will accelerate job growth and our economic recovery.


To help meet the challenge, GO-Biz and our partners have created a new initiative to streamline permitting for electric vehicle charging stations – The Permitting Olympics! Our goal is getting the entire state “Streamlined” by Earth Day, 2021 (April 22nd).

To encourage cities and counties to streamline, GO-Biz will be awarding permitting medals to jurisdictions that have streamlined, based on the requirements of AB 1236. Medals will be awarded county by county, based on all the jurisdictions within the county:

  • Counties with 100% of their region streamlined = Gold
  • Counties with 75% of their region streamlined = Silver
  • Counties with 50% of their region streamlined = Bronze
The GO-Biz ZEV Team is here to support your jurisdiction as you work with your neighbors to compete for Gold. Please send any questions to zev@gobiz.ca.gov.

Resources to get the Gold: Tools: Permit Streamlining MapPermit ScorecardBest Practices.

Regions that receive a Gold Medal by Earth Day will receive special recognition.
2) By the Numbers (Q3 2020):
These numbers are powered by the Veloz Sales Dashboard at veloz.org and the California Energy Commission (CEC). Since our last newsletter, the CEC has developed a Zero Emission Vehicle and Charger Statistics Data Portal for the California ZEV Market. This tool will be a tremendous asset as we work towards electrifying the transportation sector, one ZEV at a time. 
 
3) Overcoming Barriers Together
In each edition of The Plug and the Nozzle, we highlight one common problem or barrier to installing electric vehicle charging stations and how streamlining the permitting process can help overcome that barrier.

Streamlined Permitting for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Charging Stations
The Transportation Company is planning to install 4 electric vehicle charging stations at their warehouse to support the company’s newly ordered zero-emission trucks. The warehouse is located in downtown Electric City. The transportation company worked closely with Electric City and Electric City Utility to plan out their charging infrastructure installation, and is eagerly waiting on permits to install the chargers because the new trucks will be delivered in two months’ time.

Electric City has a streamlined permitting process for light-duty electric vehicle charging stations but is unsure if the approval process designed for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle charging stations must also be streamlined. Fortunately, California’s permit streamlining law,
AB 1236, applies to all types and levels of charging. Regardless if it is a DC fast charger in a grocery store parking lot, Level 2 chargers at an apartment complex, or heavy-duty truck chargers at a commercial facility, the permitting process must be streamlined.

With this knowledge, Electric City issued the permits within 15 business days and the Transportation Company was ready in time for their new zero-emission trucks.

4)  Hydrogen Station Permitting Guidebook
In September, GO-Biz released our updated Hydrogen Station Permitting Guidebook. The document provides a detailed discussion of the hydrogen station permitting process and suggested best practices for local and regional governments and station developers seeking to open (or in the process of opening) a hydrogen fueling station. The guidebook was updated this year to include additional information on medium- and heavy-duty vehicle hydrogen refueling stations.

5) GO-Biz Webinar: 
Webinar: How to Accelerate Charging Infrastructure Deployment?
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST
 
Despite the pandemic, electric vehicle sales are shattering records across the globe.  The question in the EV space now is “how can we partner to build enough charging stations to support this growth?” Discover the answer as GO-Biz and a multinational group of policymakers, thought leaders, and industry heads share the lessons and strategies that have put steel in the ground and hastened the zero-emission revolution from San Francisco to Amsterdam.  Register Here.
 
6) California Division of Measurement Standards’ Regulations Governing Electric Vehicle Fueling Systems Take Effect January 1, 2021
On December 16, 2019, the California Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) submitted its rulemaking file to the Office of Administrative Law and the approved regulation was submitted to the Secretary of State and enrolled on January 1, 2020. The regulation establishes the specifications, tolerances, and other technical requirements for commercially used Electric Vehicle Fueling Systems (EVFS), also known as charging stations, with effective dates of January 1, 2021 for AC EVFS and January 1, 2023 for DC EVFS.

Ensure you’re prepared for January 1, 2021, the first effective date for AC EVFS:
  • AC EVFS, such as Level 2 charging stations, must be type evaluated and approved in order to be installed after January 1, 2021.  DMS is currently accepting AC EVFS designs for type evaluation and approval.
  • Any person or entity that installs and places in service an AC EVFS after January 1, 2021 must be a Registered Service Agent/Agency (RSA) or licensee by December 31, 2020. To learn more about how to become an RSA or a licensee, the examination, and other related information, please visit DMS’ RSA website.
  • Once an AC EVFS is installed, after January 1, 2021, the county in which the EVFS is installed must be notified within 24 hours. Pursuant to the regulations, counties have the authority to implement in-field testing of these charging stations and to impose certain fees to recover the costs of testing.
  • DMS is currently engaging with the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association on implementation. County sealers will be provided an examination procedures outline, which describes how to properly conduct in-field testing of EVFS. DMS representatives have been providing training and test-equipment demonstrations as well.
Please visit DMS’s website for more information and FAQs.

DMS contacts: Kevin Schnepp, kevin.schnepp@cdfa.ca.gov and Samuel Ferris, sam.ferris@cdfa.ca.gov.

 
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