[aprssig] It's that time again. (at least consider an EV)

KF4LVZ aprssigZbr6 at acarver.net
Wed Apr 5 23:22:13 EDT 2017

It was explained to us that various documents combine via legal-magic to
become a form of theft from the government (specifically
misappropriation of government resources).

The first case:  A simple outlet available for plugging in a car would
mean stealing electricity/equivalent value because there's no means to
meter it and bill for it directly by the government.  The consumption of
the car exceeds "incidental use" limits.  We don't know the limit but
cell phones are under the limit where the cost of checking exceeds the
loss so they don't bother to check.  However, we asked and technically
charging a personal phone at work does run afoul of the same rules.

The second case:  The kiosk-style chargers with credit-card readers
apparently didn't work either because they have a standby/operating
power that isn't billed to the customer (or when there's no one there
charging) and it ends up being a cost to the government again (no meter
on the kiosk and no billing method to get money back from the kiosk

To cite an example, an employee was charging their electric scooter
using an outdoor outlet on one of the buildings (an ordinary outlet most
likely for use by maintenance crews).  The employee was warned not to do
that again for the above reason.

As for the program to encourage purchase with a tax credit, the reason
that is acceptable would be that the tax credit comes from money the
person would otherwise be paying to the government (since it comes off
of your 1040 when you calculate taxes owed).  No other taxpayer paid
your specific credit.  However, charging your car incurs a cost by using
electricity.  That electricity cost adds to the operating costs of the
facility and is eventually paid by the government through tax money
collected from all taxpayers.

On 2017-04-05 18:10, Greg D wrote:
> This one is news to me.  What is the rationale for not being allowed to have EV 
> charging?  How can the Feds have programs that encourage the purchase of EVs 
> (e.g. tax credits), but disallow their use?  The mind boggles.
> Greg  KO6TH
> KF4LVZ wrote:
>>>   > ...in a government facility, it turns out you*can't*   have a station...
>>> >
>>> >After years of letter writing that has changed!  The Federal Policy now is to
>>> >let any EV pluginto any available outlet for a fixed paymend of about $15 per
>>> >month.  And local agencies can even use existing maintenance funds to install
>>> >additional standard 120v oiutlets.
>> That doesn't appear to have trickled down to all agencies.  The one I
>> work for has already stated they're still not allowed to add charging
>> stations and were told to remove the ones that were in place.

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