It’s crucial to address the proposed rate increase for electric vehicle (EV) charging in Brookline. Firstly, it’s important to recognize that many EV owners are not driving luxury $100,000 EVs but more affordable models in the $30-50k range, especially with rebates. These prices are increasingly in line with traditional cars, making EV adoption accessible to a broad demographic. Furthermore, EVs offer undeniable environmental benefits, reducing emissions and contributing to a cleaner, more sustainable future.
Brookline should be supporting EV use. The proposed rate increase to $0.40 per kWh seems counterproductive. It’s on par with Tesla supercharger costs, which are notably faster. This means EV owners might opt for the faster charging there or private charging at home. These chargers are used by everyone, not just affluent EV owners.
Consider an alternative approach, like making charging free by investing in solar panels, aligning with Brookline’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Also, the current $45k annual spending is small in the grand scheme of a town’s finances, especially when weighed against the long-term benefits of promoting EVs. Brookline should lead the way in embracing the EV future, ensuring that all residents can enjoy its benefits.
Ben Wang, Brookline