New Homes Now Required To Be Equipped With EV Charging Stations

New Homes Now Required To Be Equipped With EV Charging Stations

Palo Alto city council will prewire future homes with the assumption that their owners may have electric cars.

Ross Brooks
  • 3 october 2013

Electric cars continue to gain ground on those powered by petrol, but a lack of publicly available charging stations means most owners have to take on the cost of installing their own – which can be quite expensive. In an effort to encourage ownership, the city council of Palo Alto has issued a mandate that requires new homes to come prewired for the installation of a 240-Volt Level 2 charging station.

The process for obtaining a permit to install a charging station in an existing home will also be streamlined, on top of incentives and strategies designed to encourage residents to buy their own environmentally friendly car. A surge in demand has also led to record use of the public charging stations in the city, something which could result in more publicly-available stations in the future.


The cost of adding this type of wiring to a house being built is only about $200, a fraction of the cost to retrofit an older house with the right electrical service and wiring. When you consider the cost of a house in this area of California is usually around $1 million, it may be an incentive that goes unnoticed by most. Regardless, it is a step in the right direction that encourages electric car ownership, setting an example for other cities around the country to follow.


Palo Alto City Council

Images by Flying AmosHåkan Dahlström and Tesla

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