The California Public Utilities Commission will write the rules of the electric road and is just starting to grapple with the complex regulatory issues surrounding the integration of battery-powered cars into the states electrical grid.
One of the biggest questions is whether to regulate Better Place, Coulomb Technologies and other companies that plan to sell electricity to drivers through a network of battery-charging stations.
Californias three big investor-owned utilities have split over the issue.
The commission should establish its authority to regulate third-party providers of electricity for electric vehicles, Christopher Warner, an attorney for Pacific Gas & Electric, wrote in a filing with the utilities commission. Managing the increased electricity consumption and load attributable to electric vehicles in order to avoid adverse impacts on the safety and reliability of the electric grid may be one of the most difficult management challenges that electric utilities will face.