New Commercial Buildings In Tacoma, Washington Required To Install Charging Stations In Parking Lots

AUG 28 2014 BY STAFF 6

Soon To Be Required Everywhere...It Seems

Soon To Be Required Everywhere…It Seems

Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, Washington

New commercial buildings in Tacoma, Washington will be soon be required to install electric vehicle charging stations in parking lots.

As the News Tribune reports:

“The Tacoma City Council approved new rules  that will require between 1 percent and 3 percent of parking stalls in commercial building projects to include charging stations for electric vehicles.”

“The new rules will cap the total number of required charging stations for office buildings at six, eight for shopping centers and 12 for larger projects such as auditoriums or stadiums.”

“The charging station requirements will apply to future commercial projects, but not ones that are already built or already in development.”

These new rules are already in effect.  As of August 10, the rules listed above applied throughout the city.

These charging station requirements don’t apply to residential projects, meaning that multi-family homes (apartments, condos, etc.) aren’t required to install charging stations.  However, the cit recommends that “new multifamily housing projects set aside 50 percent of their parking spaces for electric vehicles.”

Source: The News Tribune

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6 Comments on "New Commercial Buildings In Tacoma, Washington Required To Install Charging Stations In Parking Lots"

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Hopefully they also recommend stubbing out conduit for additional stations.

It’s expensive to retrofit charging stations to an existing parking lot, but once the conduit is there, it’s easy to get a charging station installed.

indeed, the act of making a parking lot, then having to rip it up later and fixing it later to install the electrical runs probably greatly increases the costs.

This follows a 2009 Washington state requirement that cities include electrical vehicle infrastructure in local building plans.

Tacoma just clarified by defining a minimum of 1% (or just 6 stalls) are required for new commercial developments … excludes existing projects completed, or already in planning. This is ahead of the 10% state requirement starting in 2019. There is no requirement on type of charging, nor power level, so adding 3-6 stalls with 10A 110V outlets will satisfy requirements.

“Development of short-term and long-term plans outlining how state, regional, and local government construction may include electric vehicle infrastructure in publicly available off-street parking and government fleet vehicle parking, including what ratios of charge spots to parking may be appropriate based on location or type of facility or building”

“Development of an implementation plan for counties with a population greater than five hundred thousand with the goal of having public and private parking spaces, in the aggregate, be ten percent electric vehicle ready by December 31, 2018”

Too bad companies like Boeing aren’t willing to install charging stations. Huge employer in the Puget Sound area and only one on-site charger at a small Bellevue location.

I think the requirements for ISO14002 (or ISO14003) – that is the company environmental standard, should include the carbon footprint of the computing if each company employee. That way, to qualify for recognition at that level would behoove Companies to encourage their employees to drive electric, by offering reasonably accessible Level 1, Level 2, and some Level 3 Charging stations at work parking lots.

Some might even add a financial perk, as some in the early days of Hybrids coming out. (A $5,000 price sticks in my mind from, I think, Xerox, if I remember right!)

I think the plan for at work should be for mostly 120V Level 1, with about 20%-30% at Level 2, for the pure EV drivers with long commutes, or who live in Condos that can not charge there, and 1-2 (Level 3) DCQC’s to support those who are frequently in and out, not parked long between returning to outside business on Co. duties.

The problem is the definition of “charging station” is so broad. Do they at least require Level 2 stations? Technically, a 110V outlet could be considered a charging station otherwise.