To meet the EV penetration goals identified in the LPDD text, every garage or parking structure, be it residential, commercial, or industrial, being built or significantly altered should be designed and constructed so that a substantial percentage of parking spaces are EV charging ready. This is especially so because buildings and parking structures constructed today will still be in place in 30 years. There is currently a scarcity of EV charging stations as well as a public perception that underestimates the availability of existing charging options.
It should be noted that EV-ready charging infrastructure is significantly less expensive to install during new construction than it is for a building retrofit. Preparing for the electrification of the transportation sector now with building codes that plan for the growth of the EV market will save retrofit costs.
Municipalities should consider the adoption of an EV-Ready building code requirement within their jurisdictions. The proposed ordinance would require new or significantly altered one- or two-family residential buildings to be equipped with the installation of Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment in proximity to the garage or carport dedicated for resident parking.