San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and Supervisor Katy Tang proposed legislation to require all new buildings in the city to include infrastructure for EV charging stations. San Francisco is the first major city to propose a EV charging station ordinance in the US and expects to extend the range and efficiency of EVs traveling in the region.
Under the proposed EV-ready ordinance, 10 percent of residential and commercial buildings’ parking spaces must be turnkey ready for EV chargers, making them essentially plug-and-play. An additional 10 percent of parking spaces must be wired for EV charging and/or ready for an upgrade. The remaining 80 percent of parking spaces must have EV charging capable infrastructure installed, like conduit. Installing such infrastructure during construction is expected to save developers and the city 75 percent of retrofitting buildings and parking spaces to meet future EV-charging needs.
“I am proud to be co-sponsoring this important legislation to make electric vehicle charging more accessible to drivers, while keeping costs reasonable for developers and building owners,” said Tang. “San Francisco should be leading the charge and encouraging more San Franciscans to choose clean vehicles. While some may question whether climate change is real, San Francisco is taking steps to ensure that we have a sustainable future.”
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) set a goal of having 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road in California by 2025. As of November 2016, Californians had already purchased 250,000 EVs thanks in part to state and federal incentives. As a result, demand for charging stations has increased. But existing California building codes only require 3 percent of parking spaces at new construction to be ready for EV charging capability.
“I applaud Mayor Lee and Supervisor Tang's ambitious goal of dramatically increasing the number of electric vehicle charging stations,” said Tyson Eckerle, deputy director for Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure at the governor’s office. “In order to meet the governor’s goal of putting 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025, California needs to increase the availability of charging stations and San Francisco is serving as a model for cities committed to a zero emissions future.”
With Oakland and Fremont having already passed similar ordinances, the city plans join its Bay Area neighbors to set the stage for a clean vehicle future. Together, the three Bay Area cities hope to provide a testing ground for EV innovation and expand the range electric vehicles are able travel in the region by creating a network of charging stations.
San Francisco’s policies are putting the city ahead of California’s Title 24 Energy Standards, which require all new buildings with 10 floors or less to have 15 percent of its roof area ready for solar power. San Francisco already requires new buildings to install PV or solar hot water. This new EV-ordinance, if approved, would help San Francisco move closer towards its goal of becoming a 100-percent renewable energy producing and consuming metropolis.Tweet