The city council in Palo Alto, California voted Monday on a proposal requiring the new single-family homes be built pre-wired for charging electric vehicles. The results were unanimous, with all nine councillors voting in favor of the ordinance.
It’s a nominal requirement, considering most homes already are wired for a 220-volt line — which is needed for a so-called Level 2 charging station that can charge most cars in about eight hours — because that’s the voltage needed to power a washer and dryer.
But while it costs about $200 to build this capacity into new construction, retrofitting a property to accommodate an EV can run four times as much. And that's separate from the cost of the EV charging station itself (up to $2,000).
"Not that it really matters to Palo Alto residents," Wired points out, "the average home cost is $1.5 million."
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