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Council approves law to make homes electric-vehicle-friendly

Original post made on Dec 11, 2013

Palo Alto adopted an ordinance Monday to require circuitry for charging electric vehicles in all newly built homes, a move aimed at helping make Palo Alto "the most electric-vehicle-friendly city in the world."

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Posted by 35 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

Haven't we had enough of "Pass it before you know what's in it" legislation in this country?

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Posted by yesElectric
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I approve, city council. Thank you for taking a lead on this issue, especially for NEW construction. In this day and age, all new homes should have the most efficient stuff required... solar, for instance. Pennies on the dollar for the future.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I am no real estate/developer expert, but I have been to my share of open houses in the area. More than my share for a while since my girlfriend used to hold open houses in houses for sale all over this area. One thing I think I noticed is that most of the electrical stuff is now centered around the garage on the newer construction I've seen anyway ... so all this talk about how hard it would be to add in EV charging station after the house is constructed is hogwash. This is just another uptick in profit for builders it seems to me.

What are the stats for EV's registered in this area for the last 5 years? I am sure they are going up, but what percentage of homes have EVs. And what would that number be if you removed all the people who worked for Tesla or had a subsidy from Tesla or the government/state to buy an EV?

Maybe it would make more sense to mandate that all houses have room for some kind of average number of cars per square foot number derived from the rest of the city so we do not have such a lack of parking space. That makes more sense to me.

I wish the city council if going to play around it would play at thinking instead of playing at figuring out what future trends will be based on what financial interests feed them.

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Posted by Midtown
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 12, 2013 at 8:20 am

If you want Palo Alto to be "the most electric-vehicle-friendly city in the world" get all the gas stations to install quick chargers. Then we will see if the council can walk the talk!

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Posted by M. Wolf
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 12, 2013 at 8:57 am

Once again the Council is leaping forward with technology that may be outdated before it is implemented. This ordinance assumes that everyone will own an automobile when there are alternative approaches to getting around. We are a car driven society where the automobile rules the real estate. The narrow sidewalks are encroached upon by massive vehicles, the streets and freeways are widened to accommodate more vehicles, 2-car garages that are filled with Costco junk with the cars are parked on the street.... Consider the novel approach that we may move toward walking, bicycling, or using mass transit and car sharing. Owning a vehicle could become prohibitively expensive. Instead, the routine would be similar to the existing Zipcar; we find a car on the street and unlock it with a credit card.
This ordinance will add to the price of new construction, contributing to the already skewed demographics of our community.
Water conservation should be the focus of the council. Consider technology that recycles grey water, captures rainwater and effectively monitors and adjusts water usage.

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