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Palo Alto to Require EV Charging Stations in All New Homes

by Sean P. Aune | September 29, 2013September 29, 2013 1:00 pm PST

Level 2 EV charger

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.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...