October 3, 2013 – Last week the City Council of Palo Alto, California passed a change to the building code requiring all new home construction to include wiring for 240 volt electric vehicle (EV) chargers. In addition the Council streamlined the process for homeowners to obtain permits to install EV chargers in existing homes. The cost for the roughed-in wiring in a new home amounts to about $200. Compare that to the $800 it costs to rewire an existing structure for EV chargers.
Palo Alto is home to Tesla Motors so if any city was going to develop a pro-EV policy it was bound to be the one. Currently it is witnessing record use of its public EV charging stations. So the vote that went 9-0 was no surprise.
But for those of you with an EV seeking a recharge visit Plugshare, the online application, to find one of the more than 10,000 charge stations where you can get a quick boost for your vehicle when traveling in North America.