Santa Clara County Mandates Plug-In Vehicle Pre-Wiring in New Construction Homes – Large Parking Lots Required to Install Level 2 Chargers

JAN 6 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

Palo Alto, California, a city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, got the ball rolling when it passed a mandate requiring all new construction homes to come pre-wired for EV charging stations.

Santa Clara County in California

Santa Clara County in California

Now, the entire county of Santa Clara is following suit and taking it to the next level.

As The Morgan Hill Times reports:

“The County Board of Supervisors approved a Plug In Electric Vehicle Charging System Ordinance, which requires pre-wiring for electric vehicle charging systems in new buildings in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.”

“The ordinance applies to new single family residences, multi-family dwellings, and non-residential buildings.”

“Under the ordinance, new residential developments are required to pre-wire for Level 2 chargers at the time of construction; new large multi-family buildings and non-residential buildings with more than 100 new parking spaces are required to install Level 2 chargers in at least 1 percent of the parking spaces.”

Supervisor Ken Yeager, President of County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, told The Morgan Hill Times this:

“Despite their growing popularity and environmental benefits, lack of charging infrastructure remains a barrier for many wanting to purchase an electric vehicle.  This ordinance makes it easier for residents to replace conventional cars with electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in this county.”

It costs next to nothing to pre-wire new construction homes for EV chargers, so there’s no objections there.  However, some feel the required install of Level 2 chargers in lots with over 100 spaces may be too costly for small businesses.

Source: The Morgan Hill Times

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9 Comments on "Santa Clara County Mandates Plug-In Vehicle Pre-Wiring in New Construction Homes – Large Parking Lots Required to Install Level 2 Chargers"

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Can we send Virginian politicians to a seminar there?

Yes, please!

Worst case we’d have to move… to Maryland!

Oh, the humanity! 😉

With Bob “ultrasound” McDonnell gone and the Cooch losing, I suspect Virginia will get more EV friendly policy.

“However, some feel the required install of Level 2 chargers in lots with over 100 spaces may be too costly for small businesses.”

What “small business” has over a 100 parking spaces?

A 100 space parking lot with support about 20,000 square feet of retail space. I’m not sure that’s a small business. How much does a Level 2 charger cost?

A 30A L2 J1772 charging station starts around $600, but a dual-plug Chargepoint station with networking costs about 10 times that, $6,000.

The biggest cost in installing commercial charging stations, though, is the installation cost, mostly because trenching is very expensive. Total cost to install a single L2 J1772 station can cost $10-20k. Getting the trenching and conduit run before the parking lot is done is a LOT cheaper than retrofitting the conduit later.

Technically any “S” corp is a “small business”

This includes well known “mom and pop” shops as

Koch Industries and Bechtel

I find it both sad that the average person doesn’t know about either of your examples, and disgusting that companies like those are legally considered “small businesses”.

As has been mentioned elsewhere, a captive audience of ~$100k/annum customers will pay for a new construction charger in no time, i.e., I need a charge and I need to pass the time while doing so. Make sure those chargers show up on owner’s displays = free business from non-regular customers, may = new regular customers = better return than non-target advertising of $1000.