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Seattle's new buildings primed to be EV-ready

A new law will require parking spaces provided with all new buildings to include the wiring and electrical outlets necessary for electric vehicle charging.

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The new legislation is one of Mayor Durkan's 12 climate action priorities
The new legislation is one of Mayor Durkan's 12 climate action priorities

A proposal to make sure all new buildings in Seattle that include off-street parking are ready for electric vehicles (EVs) has been approved by the city’s council.

 

This measure, submitted by Jenny Durkan, mayor of Seattle, is one of 12 priority climate actions identified in her 2018 climate action strategy.

 

Once enacted, the new law will require parking spaces provided with all new buildings to include the wiring and electrical outlets necessary to be considered “EV-ready”.

 

Cost-effective installation

 

Installing the appropriate wiring at the time of construction is the most cost-effective way to install charging stations in the future. The number of EV-ready parking spaces required will depend on the type of land use and the type and size of parking facilities provided.

 

“Seattle must continue to take bold action on many fronts to reduce carbon pollution and address the negative impacts of climate change. This includes investing in access to transit, bikes, and housing options near transit,” said mayor Durkan.

 

“This legislation is an important step forward to making sure Seattleites can reliably charge electric vehicles.”

 

The new measures will require that every individual residence with private parking includes an EV-ready space. For multi-family development with shared parking facilities, at least 20 per cent of the spaces will be EV-ready.

“Our actions to reduce emissions from transportation will help create a healthier and more just city”

Parking facilities for non-residential uses will include a minimum of 10 per cent of EV-ready spaces. The electric vehicle requirements are flexible in instances where meeting the required amount of EV paces would require upgrades to the utility infrastructure.

 

“We need to do more to reduce the number of vehicles on our roads and to move to electric vehicles. It is significantly more cost efficient to include EV infrastructure in construction from the start,” added Durkan.

 

“Our actions to reduce emissions from transportation will help create a healthier and more just city.”

 

The city of Seattle’s Department of Construction & Inspections estimates that this legislation will support the creation of thousands of new EV-ready parking spaces each year.

 

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