Builders adding electric charging stations to homes
As plug-in electric cars become more common on the nation's highways, builders and cities are taking notice.
In Palo Alto, Calif., the city council voted to add a requirement for new homes to include wiring for a 240-volt, level two in-home charger to the city's building codes. Palo Alto, home to a number of high-tech companies, also boasts a large population of electric vehicles.
Adding the wiring to a home while under construction will cost about $200, compared to $400 to add it later to a finished home. The council also voted to streamline the process to obtain a permit for installing a fast charger to a home.
In Northern Virginia, Capital City Builders will make EV-Ready garages a standard option on its luxury homes. The option includes the installation of 240-volt power supply used to charge electric vehicles from auto makers such as Tesla, BMW, and Ford.
Managing Partner Ali Khazai believes that electric cars are here to stay. The close-in suburbs of the Nation's Capital are ideally suited for "electric commuting".
"As a small family owned business I remember when my father first made air conditioning a standard feature," Khazai said. "Several years ago we made Cat6 a standard feature for data and voice and now we are adding these 240-volt outlets in the garage. It may be viewed as crazy now but in a few years it will be as standard as the garbage disposal."
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