Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Standards
The California Air Resources Board adopted the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE or EV Charging) Standards Regulation to implement the “Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open Access Act” (Senate Bill 454; Statutes of 2013). The EV Charging Standards regulation establishes requirements for EV chargers that build driver confidence in accessing public charging infrastructure making EV Charging Easy for All.
EV chargers must be accessible to drivers regardless of membership in an Electric Vehicle Service Provider (EVSP or service providers) network. Service providers must operate credit card readers and mobile payment device options on Level 2 and direct current fast chargers allowing payment by members and non-members at EV charging locations that require payment. EV chargers must have a sticker informing drivers of voltage and amperage capabilities of the unit. All fees associated with a charging session must be posted. The interoperable billing standard Open Charge Point Interface must be installed on each EV charger. Service providers must report new, current and decommissioned EV Charger locations and access information to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Alternative Fuels Data Center and CARB to ensure accurate and up-to-date data is available to consumers.