Partnership Opposes Administration Proposal That Would Open Door to Commercialization

Several members of the Partnership to Save Highway Communities will issue a letter to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as well as the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging them to strongly oppose a provision in the Obama Administration’s draft transportation legislation that would allow state governments to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure at rest areas and charge a fee for it.

The letter, signed by NATSO, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), says allowing electric vehicle charging infrastructure at rest areas would effectively roll-back the 50-year prohibition on rest area commercialization.

The organizations, representing more than 160,000 fuel retailers nationwide, said fuel retailers already are investing in electric vehicle charging stations. However, if state governments preempt consumer demand for this new technology, they will effectively destroy the incentive for private sector investment.

The fuel retailers strongly oppose the inclusion of any provision in the transportation reauthorization legislation to allow electric vehicle charging infrastructure at rest areas, and are requesting that this proposal not be included in the legislation.

The Fuel retailers said they have invested heavily along the nation’s interstate system and have developed the most accessible and convenient locations for travelers to refuel their vehicles as they travel throughout the United States. As vehicles and fuels have changed over the last 100 years, the fuel industry has evolved to meet the needs of their customers. As the next generation of vehicles emerge, fuel retailers will continue to serve their customers and provide energy of all kinds to meet the needs of consumers, the groups said.  

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