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Published on December 17th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Palo Alto Approves Law To Make New Homes Friendly To Electric Cars

December 17th, 2013 by  


Back in October, I wrote about a citizen push to make all of Palo Alto’s new homes “electric car friendly.” The effort has officially succeeded. Last week, Palo Alto City Council adopted an ordinance that requires all newly built homes include adequate circuitry for charging electric vehicles. This also applies to tear downs/rebuilds.

All in all, this will only affect about 110 homes a year, as Palo Alto isn’t exactly a booming metropolis. However, that’s still a great policy that will help more families to switch to electric vehicles in this well known city, and hopefully this policy will be picked up by other municipalities around the nation and replicated there.

We will hopefully see more good electric vehicle news come out of Palo Alto in the near future, as it reportedly has a goal of becoming “the most electric-vehicle-friendly city in the world,” a title I think it will have to try to pry from a Norwegian city (probably Oslo). Even for the North American title, it looks like it has some catching up to do in order to reach Normal’s status.

If you missed it back in October, here was one Palo Alto family’s testimony in support of the EV-friendly-home ordinance Palo Alto City Council just adopted:

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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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