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Published on December 28th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Santa Clara Requires New Buildings To Be Prewired For EV Chargers

December 28th, 2013 by  

Originally published on Kompulsa.

Santa Clara County (in California) has mandated that new homes and non-residential buildings be pre-wired to accommodate electric vehicle charging stations during their construction. This prevents owners from having to pay up to $2,000 to redo wiring in a building that has already been constructed. Pre-wiring only costs up to $200.

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV Interior. Image Credit: Toyota.

The pre-wiring is for Level 2 EV charging stations, which operate at 220-240 volts and can charge electric vehicles in four to seven hours.

“Despite their growing popularity and environmental benefits, lack of charging infrastructure remains a barrier for many wanting to purchase an electric vehicle,” said Supervisor Ken Yeager, President of County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “This ordinance makes it easier for residents to replace conventional cars with electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in this county.”

Transportation will likely be electrified at some point, whether it is within the next decade or century. This is one natural step along that path.

This follows a similar law recently passed in Palo Alto which requires that “all newly built homes include adequate circuitry for charging electric vehicles.”

h/t: Plugin Europe.

Image Credit: Toyota. 


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writes on CleanTechnica, Gas2, Kleef&Co, and Green Building Elements. He has a keen interest in physics-intensive topics such as electricity generation, refrigeration and air conditioning technology, energy storage, and geography. His website is: Kompulsa.com.

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