Palo Alto To Require Support For Electric Vehicle Chargers In All New Homes

The city coucil of Palo Alto, California accepted a change to its building code by a unanimous vote last Tuesday that will require all new homes to include wiring to support an electric vehicle charger, Palo Alto Online reported. 

The adjustment will face another vote before becoming officially adopted, but its chances of passing are reportedly looking good.

Installing necessary wiring for the chargers will add about $200 to the cost of a new home, as opposed to the $1,000 to $2,000 pricetag for installing the wiring on an existing home, the Verge reported Tuesday.

The mandate would also ease the process for companies that seek to install electric vehicle charging stations, according to Palo Alto Online.

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