City to Require Electric Car Chargers in New Homes

October 1, 2013

The city council in Palo Alto, Calif., has voted to draw up an ordinance to require all new single-family homes built in the city to come pre-wired for charging electric vehicles. The council voted 9-0 in favor of the proposal. 

The new requirement would add about $200 to the cost of a new home. That is about four times less than what it would cost to install a charger in an existing home, says Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff. 

“Let’s figure out as a council what we can do to remove the obstacles to owning electric vehicles in Palo Alto,” Scharff says. “I think what we really need to do is make it convenient, easy, and economical.”

Source: “Palo Alto to require new homes be wired for electric car charging,” TechSpot (Sept. 30, 2013) and “Palo Alto Looks to Require Electric Vehicle Circuitry in New Homes,” San Jose Mercury News (Sept. 24, 2013) 

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