All new buildings in Seattle must install electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
That’s what Mayor Jenny Durkan wants to see happen as part of her climate agenda. During her State of the City address on Tuesday, Durkan said she will submit legislation that requires all new buildings with off-street parking (such as a parking garage) to be “EV ready.”
The proposal is part of Durkan’s 2018 Climate Action Strategy.
“Seattle has always invented the future, and we will lead the transition to electric vehicles to combat climate change,” she said in a statement. “Our actions to reduce emissions from transportation will help create a healthier and more just city, with a stronger economy.”
If we are going to have more electric cars in Seattle – and reduce our climate pollution – then we need accessible, equitably-available electric charging.
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) February 19, 2019
The number of spaces required to have EV charging capability will depend on the type of land use and the type/size of parking facilities.
About a year ago, Seattle City Light installed the first city-owned electric vehicle fast-charging stations. Seattle works with a company called Greenlots to help operate its EV charging stations.
Last week, Lyft announced that Seattle would be the first city where riders can request electric vehicles and hybrids in the ride-hailing app. Lyft said Seattle was selected as the first city for the Green Mode launch “due to its high volume of hybrids and EVs” already on the platform.
Durkan also today announced a new paid internship program for college students in her address.