Equipping all new buildings in the city with electric vehicle charging stations is one of the mayor’s 12 climate action priority goals
All new buildings in Seattle are to be equipped with electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in a bid to help the city meet its climate goals.
This proposal, submitted by Jenny Durkan, mayor of Seattle, is one of 12 priority climate actions identified in her 2018 climate action strategy.
The legislation will require parking spaces provided with all new buildings to include the wiring and electrical outlets necessary to be considered “EV-ready”.
Installing the appropriate wiring at the time of construction is considered 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 can lead the world by taking bold action to reduce carbon pollution while protecting our communities from the worst impacts of climate change. We know that we need a range of strategies as a city to combat climate change. This includes increased access to transit, bikes and walking as well as adding density,” said mayor Durkan.
“We also need to move to electric vehicles. Seattle has always invented the future, and we will lead the transition to electric vehicles to combat climate change. Our actions to reduce emissions from transportation will help create a healthier and more just city, with a stronger economy.”
“Seattle can lead the world by taking bold action to reduce carbon pollution while protecting our communities from the worst impacts of climate change"
Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections estimates that this legislation will support the creation of thousands of new EV-ready parking spaces each year.
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.
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.
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