Electric Vehicle Roadmap - Goal 4

Incentivize and/or require electric vehicle charging infrastructure in new and existing private multi-family residential and/or non-residential development


Targeted Outcome

Increase electric vehicle (EV) charging station installations in new and existing private development.

Overview

EV parking

Regional research demonstrates a charging infrastructure shortage in both multi-family and non-residential properties.  Factors that deter charging station installation include parking space limitations, difficulties in meeting minimum parking requirements when accessible charging infrastructure is installed, and the cost of charging equipment.

The County is evaluating multiple options to encourage and/or require the installation of charging infrastructure in multi-family and commercial properties, including implementing shared parking facilities and evaluating options for Building Code amendments to require new construction and incentivize retrofits to install EV charging infrastructure.

Accomplishments

  • The County’s Renewable Energy Fee Waiver Pilot Program (Item #5) waived permitting fees for residential EV charging stations and electric panel upgrades to incentivize EV charger installations in residential development from January 2021 until November 2021. The pilot program is presently under evaluation, along with other potential actions to help promote renewable energy adoption, and results of the evaluation including recommended next steps for the program are expected in 2023-2024.
  • The County’s Solar and EV Ready Ordinance (Item #10) requires new single-family residential development to install conduit to accommodate future installation of an EV charging station and a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system. This requirement is above and beyond the current requirements of the 2019 California Building Code Title 24 Standards (CALGreen).