Codes Requiring EV in Commercial Help Grid

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New codes requiring electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in commercial buildings have passed an important hurdle, paving the way for a boost in electric vehicle use that can also provide grid benefits.

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Electric vehicle charging, Photo courtesy SWEEP

According to Lisa Cohn in Microgrid Knowledge, The commercial International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) committee approved codes proposed by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and other groups. The codes require new commercial and high-rise residential buildings to provide for low-cost and easy installation of EV charging, said Matthew Frommer, senior transportation associate for SWEEP.

The codes call for 20% of parking spaces in new commercial buildings to have EV-capable  infrastructure, which is the electrical panel capacity and physical pathway to install a future EV charging station. Another two spaces will be EV-ready, which includes a circuit breaker and a wire terminating in a 240-volt outlet that allows for EV charging, Frommer said.”

This means that people who purchase cars with Level 2 chargers won’t need to purchase their own charging station, he said.

States can choose whether to adopt the new code, which could boost sales of electric vehicles. And more electric vehicles creates opportunities for the vehicles to support the grid, said Frommer.


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