TRENTON, NJ --  The use of electric vehicles (EV) is getting a boost under a pair of new laws to expand residential access to electric vehicles.  Under a law sponsored by Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Hamilton) and signed by Governor Phil Murphy on Monday community associations are prohibited from placing unreasonable restrictions of EV charging infrastructure and establishes standards to encourage common interest communities to allow for the installation, use and upkeep of EV charging stations by unit owners.

The Legislature estimates that 80 percent of EV charging happens at home.

 "Last session, we set forth strong goals and incentives to increase the number of electric vehicles on our roads and to make progress toward our objective of electrifying our entire transportation fleet by 2050," said Benson, who serves as chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee. "With that comes the need to make it as seamless as possible for homeowners and renters to access charging wherever they live."

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The law allows the executive board of a common interest community will be able to grant the exclusive use of a common area parking space by a unit owner for the purpose of installing an EV charging station. The provisions take effect immediately. 

Last month, the Governor signed another Benson measure into law that requires developers offer and inform prospective homeowners of the option to install in-home EV charging as part of new construction in certain residential developments. It applies to dwelling units for which a construction permit was issued 90 days after its enactment on September 14.

"This law ensures that developers are actively informing homeowners of the option to have an EV charging station installed during construction of their new home," said Benson.

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