The City Council of Palo Alto, Calif. has voted in favor of a proposal that would require all new homes to be built with a Level 2 EV charger installed.
While the chargers are sure to go unused in many homes, the proposal, being spearheaded by Mayor Greg Scharff of Palo Alto, to include Level 2 EV chargers in homes is about future proofing the city. The cost to include the chargers during the construction process is estimated to add $200 to the cost of a new home while retrofitting a home with the technology is estimated to cost $800 or more.
It seems the idea was a hit with the City Council is it voted for the proposal 9 to 0.
Beyond the idea of including the wiring in all new homes, the San Jose Mercury News reports that the City Council is also exploring what it would take to lower the cost of permits to add electric chargers to existing structures.