Or are the government entities somehow taking a cut of the charging fees too? Makes no sense.
State .gov can't make $$ off of it. The one we installed for DOL in Lacey is free and was explained to us that the state can't "make money" like that. But, if the $$ they give out goes to NPO's, then the NPO can make all the $$ they want. Not sure how the grants work with WADOT giving grant $$ to other cities etc and how they can will make $$. They charge for parking meters, so maybe it's similar to that? Pure guess there.
What we need is the State to install them at the rest stops. Even if the State uses the $$ to develop the infastructure (bring the power to the pedestal) and then let EA, CP, Tesla etc come and use that power (and charge for it). I'd never expect this to be about getting a free charge, the ICE'rs would freak out asking where their free government gas is.