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Today, Friday the 13th, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill setting new guidelines for the adoption of electric vehicles, with the goal of making it easier for consumers to buy and use zero emission cars.

http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/01/gov_charlie_baker_signs_massachusetts_electric_vehicle_bill_into_law.html#incart_river_home

If you'd like to read the bill:

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/S2505/BillHistory

We'll see if this helps current Volt owners driving around Boston. Not a lot of HOV lanes here even if we get to use them.
 

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Not sure how this is going to make it easier ($$) to buy an EV. If all new buildings have to have a charging station, that would be helpful. Adding a use tax at this point is not going to encourage adoption of zero emission cars (they need to wait until there is a critical mass owners first and then add the tax).

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Found this thread when searching for info about using the HOV lanes to commute into Boston via I-93.

It doesn't look like the original poster posted the text of the actual bill that was signed into law. This is it:

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter448

As signed by the governor as far as I can tell this legislation is basically do-nothing junk; the bulk of it seems to be related to regulating charge port companies from charging monthly subscription fees unless those fees give you a discount on rates, and that owners of public parking spaces with charging stations have to provide payment options available to the general public, etc...all stuff that as far as I know just about every charging station company and charger owner is already doing anyway. Some stuff about "network roaming payments" for EV charging stations that doesn't sound at all relevant to the real world. Commissioning a study to see if they should electrify some state-owned vehicles.

Seems like the only big news in the bill is a study that's due today, Oct 1st 2017: "The secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, in consultation with the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, shall conduct a study examining the advisability and feasibility of assessing surcharges, levies or other assessments to offset projected gas tax revenue loss from the purchase or operation of zero emission vehicles." I don't know if they mean just find new ways to tax residents in general, or if they mean creating some new tax on EV purchases to offset lost gas tax revenue. It sounds a lot like the latter. Great.

It looks like the section regarding a study on whether the HOV lanes should be opened to EVs regardless of whether the driver is the sole occupant was removed from the bill that was signed into law, so don't expect that anytime soon if you live in MA.
 

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Found this thread when searching for info about using the HOV lanes to commute into Boston via I-93.

It doesn't look like the original poster posted the text of the actual bill that was signed into law. This is it:

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2016/Chapter448

As signed by the governor as far as I can tell this legislation is basically do-nothing junk; the bulk of it seems to be related to regulating charge port companies from charging monthly subscription fees unless those fees give you a discount on rates, and that owners of public parking spaces with charging stations have to provide payment options available to the general public, etc...all stuff that as far as I know just about every charging station company and charger owner is already doing anyway. Some stuff about "network roaming payments" for EV charging stations that doesn't sound at all relevant to the real world. Commissioning a study to see if they should electrify some state-owned vehicles.

Seems like the only big news in the bill is a study that's due today, Oct 1st 2017: "The secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, in consultation with the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, shall conduct a study examining the advisability and feasibility of assessing surcharges, levies or other assessments to offset projected gas tax revenue loss from the purchase or operation of zero emission vehicles." I don't know if they mean just find new ways to tax residents in general, or if they mean creating some new tax on EV purchases to offset lost gas tax revenue. It sounds a lot like the latter. Great.

It looks like the section regarding a study on whether the HOV lanes should be opened to EVs regardless of whether the driver is the sole occupant was removed from the bill that was signed into law, so don't expect that anytime soon if you live in MA.
Taxachusetts never met a tax it did not want to implement...:rolleyes:

Including considering a fee for picking up or dropping people off at BOS...
https://thepointsguy.com/2017/08/boston-airport-fee-drop-off/
 

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Taxachusetts never met a tax it did not want to implement...:rolleyes:

Including considering a fee for picking up or dropping people off at BOS...
https://thepointsguy.com/2017/08/boston-airport-fee-drop-off/
I don't understand their reasoning in not even studying opening the HOV lanes to EV traffic. Giant machines roll up and down I-93 every weekday morning and evening shoving jersey barriers around to switch the lane from northbound to southbound and vice versa and nobody uses the damn thing.
 
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