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Parking for electric vehicles coming to multifamily homes

Apr 5, 2023, 7:00 PM | Updated: Jan 5, 2024, 3:10 pm

New multi-family housing properties are required to make at least 20% of parking spaces equipped fo...

A driver charges an electric car at a parking lot of a shopping mall in Tallinn, Estonia, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Council voted Tuesday night to require new multi-family housing properties to make at least 20% of parking spaces equipped for electric vehicles. 

Most Utahns living in apartments or condos have been unable to make the switch to EVs prior to the vote.

Utah Clean Energy’s Senior Associate of Electrification, Kelbe Goupil is in favor of the vote. 

“We applaud Salt Lake City for its leadership in bringing more equitable access to EV charging. We hope to see other local governments across Utah deploy similar ordinances, giving more Utahns the option to ditch their tailpipe for cleaner, healthier EV options,” states Goupil.

According to a release from Utah Clean Energy, EV-ready parking spaces shall have electrical conduit and sufficient electrical capacity for the future use of a minimum 200-volt electric vehicle charging station. 

Furthermore, EV-ready parking spaces do not require an installed charging station.

The electric parking spots will help promote healthier air quality says Goupil. 

“The transportation sector is the largest source of CO2 emissions in the U.S. Smart policies like this help our communities make the transition to low and zero-carbon transportation while future-proofing newly built homes and reducing climate-warming emissions,” Goupil said. 

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Parking for electric vehicles coming to multifamily homes