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California City Requires New Homeowners to Plug in for Cars
September 30, 2013

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New home-owners in a California city are now required to include an electric-vehicle charger in their plans.

The Palo Alto City Council voted 9-0 in favor of the ordinance, which would apply only to new homes. Residents wishing to build would be required to install a 240-volt charging station, which is a a faster and more efficient version of the standard household socket that many people already have in their garages.

Palo Alto city staff estimate that the station would cost just $200 and that that cost is much less than what owners would pay to install a charging station after the house was built. The median price of a new home in the area is $1.5 million.

At the state level, California is considering bills that would put similar requirements in the hands of builders of new businesses and apartment complexes.

The state is already home to a large number of electric cars. Tesla, a well-known maker of up-market electric vehicles, has its headquarters in Palo Alto.

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