The Leon County Commission recently adopted the proposed Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready Ordinance.
The purpose of the ordinance is to facilitate the use of EVs and further establish a convenient, cost-effective electric vehicle infrastructure that will also accommodate future technological advancement county-wide.
The ordinance was adopted in a 5-1 vote with Commissioner Bill Proctor in opposition and Commissioner Jimbo Jackson out of chambers.
The new rule will apply to all residential and commercial developments and includes the following:
-For townhomes or multifamily development providing more than three individual units and containing separate garages, EV readiness would consist of a 240-volt outlet within the garage available for future use.
-For multifamily units with surface parking lots or multi-level parking garages, EV readiness would consist of the electrical capacity for a future charging station installed for 10% of the required parking spaces.
-For commercial development with over 25 parking spaces, EV readiness would consist of the electrical capacity for a future charging station installed for 10% of the required parking spaces.
For most construction projects, EV readiness is estimated to add about $500 – $700 at the point of construction to install the necessary electrical capacity and conduit to a single charging station location.
Many commissioners, including Commissioner Rick Minor, were highly enthusiastic about the new ordinance. Minor told WFSU that he has high hopes “that in three to four years, these thresholds might be too low” and that the commission can reevaluate and increase the thresholds.
The commission discussed how necessary EV infrastructure is and that the lack of charging infrastructure is a primary reason citizens do not adopt EVs. It is estimated that installing the charging hook-ups or stations during construction saves 75% in retrofit costs after the fact.
All but one commissioner in attendance supported the ordinance. Proctor, as previously mentioned, was against the rule, “Equity would be better served if the language was inclusive of Commissioner Jackson’s district and Commissioner Proctor’s district.”
Proctor went on to cite the various locations of current charging stations. He noted that all of the stations are located on the north side. Proctor indicated that he would not support the changes in the ordinance because he believes it is not equitable.
Ultimately, the ordinance passed in a 5-1 vote.