The bills are collectively designed to expand EV charging infrastructure across the city in preparation for more electric vehicles entering the market over the next few years.
The mayor of the City of St Louis, Missouri, has signed what claims to be the “most comprehensive” electric vehicle (EV) legislation in the US Midwest.
The bills are collectively designed to expand EV charging infrastructure across the city in preparation for more electric vehicles entering the market over the next few years. Mayor Lyda Krewson’s administration modelled the legislative package after successful similar initiatives in peer cities.
Beginning 1 January 2022, certain new construction and major renovations of residential, multi-family, and commercial buildings will be required to be EV-ready by including accommodations for easy installation of EV charging capacity. Similar requirements will begin to apply to major rehabs of single-family units beginning 1 January 2024.
“With this legislation, the city will make using electric vehicles easier and more attractive, which helps cut down on gas vehicle emissions that are harmful to our residents’ health,” said Krewson.
Since electric vehicles are most frequently charged at home, certain residential construction under the new legislation will have to include the installation of an outlet that can facilitate charging.
Capacity is also needed for workplaces and other destinations for EV users to top up. This means that certain commercial construction under this legislation will have to include charging stations, the necessary charging equipment, and a varying amount of designated parking spaces to accommodate convenient charging. There are exemptions for some rehabs and building types or uses where EV charging is less appropriate.
“It’s much easier and saves unnecessary costs to install electric vehicle infrastructure during a major renovation or new construction project, as opposed to stand-alone retrofits that can be quite costly and time-consuming,” said Frank Oswald, the city’s building commissioner. “By taking this action now, we’re empowering the community to prepare and plan for the adoption of electric vehicle technology in a cost-effective manner.”
“It’s much easier and saves unnecessary costs to install electric vehicle infrastructure during a major renovation or new construction project, as opposed to stand-alone retrofits that can be quite costly and time-consuming”
Numerous positive benefits have been associated with the advancement of electric vehicles, such as lower air pollution and carbon emissions, workforce development opportunities for electricians, and nearly $7,000 in reduced operating costs over the lifetime of one electric vehicle.
The mayor’s actions also progress the city’s ambitious climate protection goals of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 100 per cent by 2050 and a move to 100 per cent clean electricity by 2035.
As part of her ongoing commitment to meeting those objectives, mayor Krewson also announced that the city itself will be taking intentional steps to lead by example, including purchasing several electric vehicles and associated EV chargers to support municipal fleet operations. These purchases are being made with awards the City received from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Volkswagen Trust Settlement Fund.
In January, the City of St Louis announced it was recruiting residents for a committee that will to help guide policy and advise on non-car transportation while at the end of last year it began recruiting for a new green jobs workforce development programme.
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