Seattle has made new advancements in EV charger access for those living in multi-family dwellings. Surrounding areas city council and leaders of Seattle have passed new rules in regard to EV charging stations. In King City County, new or remodeled apartment buildings are now required to have 10% of their parking spaces be reserved for EV charging stations. In addition, 25% of their parking spaces must be capable of being added to the EV charging infrastructure. That way those parking spaces could be converted to charging station parking spots in the future.
Within Seattle, new apartment buildings must have EV charging availability in 20% of their spots and new homes being built will be compatible with an EV charging infrastructure. In non-residential areas, 10% of parking spots available must be EV charging spaces. These rules are followed by Washington state setting new EV charging goals as a whole. By 2030, they want all light-duty trucks that are sold and registered to be electric-powered.
“As we continue to face the growing impact of climate change on our day-to-day lives, it’s vital that we think creatively and proactively about how to make eco-friendly choices accessible, such as electric vehicles,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who co-sponsored the legislation, in a statement.
Electric vehicle drivers that reside in apartment complexes or condominiums face an added struggle of being able to charge their vehicles conveniently. Single-family homeowners are able to install charging stations on their property but people living in MUDs don’t have that luxury. They have to rely on public charging stations if their complex does not have charging stations as an amenity.