As I was putting together the newsletter I heard that the town of Lebanon has approved amendments to the city’s Zoning regulations that will require some electric vehicle charging at new developments – one of the first such moves in the state (Edit: Dover has done this too according to a reader comment below). I don’t know much beyond the official info:
The amendment applies to all off-street vehicle parking in all zoning districts, and creates requirements for EV-installed, EV-ready, and EV-capable off-street vehicle parking spaces across three use categories: one- and two-family dwellings, multi-family dwellings, and non-residential, and also adds related definitions. The tiered thresholds for the required EV infrastructure allow a gradual transition to EV charging capacity in the City; developments will install a minimum of fully operational chargers and also install the electrical capacity to install future chargers.
Preparedness of building and site utilities saves property owners from the cost of future retrofits that would be significantly greater than the upfront costs and potentially a barrier to EV implementation in the community as a result. The installation of EV charging infrastructure is four to six times less expensive when included during the initial construction phase as opposed to a retrofit.
There are lots of specifics, as you would expect from zoning regulations. I don’t know that there’s any online description yet but if you’re interested, check with the town Planning Department. It’s titled “Section 607.8 Electric Vehicles.”
I don’t have an EV, but I do wonder how people who charge at a more or less “public” station, such as I’ve seen at the airport parking lot, pay for the electricity they are siphoning to their cars. With the multi-family units mentioned in Lebanon in this article, I have the same question. Would Your Geekiness possibly explain that someday to us peasants? Thanks.
Depends. It might be free, subsidized by the businesses who hope you’ll shop there while charging, but you probably would buy the power through the company that contracted for the charges. There are a bunch of them. You hook up your car and pay through credit card or (more often) phone app, spending per-kilowatt or per-hour. The system is still in flux, being developed as we speak – just as was the case with purchasing gasoline a century ago.
Dover also requires EV infrastructure for parking
chapter 153; 14; D.
As of July 2021
Dover also requires EV charging for new developments.
Effective July 2021