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Support: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Ordinance

From: domainremoved <Sven>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2018 17:49:31 -0700

Dear Mayor Ohtaki & Council Members,

Please support and approve EV Charging Infrastructure Ordinance as written.


As a number of you Council Members know, electric vehicle (EVs) are
cheaper, more convenient and have a much smaller energy/carbon footprint
than internal combustion vehicles. However, one of the biggest concerns by
the driving public is the lack of charging infrastructure and it's a
chicken and egg problem. This ordinance solves this in the most cost
effective manner by requiring certain levels of charging infrastructure at
the point of new construction.

As part of the ordinance development, the City of Palo Alto which has had
similar requirements in place for the last four years submitted comments in
support of the Menlo Park ordinance. Specifically, Peter Pirnejad, Palo
Alto's Director of Development Services stated: "I estimate that this
ordinance has increased construction costs by less than 0.5% and I know
from experience that it is considerably more expensive (10-100 times more)
to add charging infrastructure post construction than pre-construction. To
date, my Department has had no pushback from developers regarding the
ordinance’s residential component and limited pushback on the commercial
side, primarily due to new California Americans with Disabilities Act
adding additional parking space requirements..."

Peter's email closed with "In summary, it is my opinion that Palo Alto’s
2014 EV charging requirements have been a major success. Feel free to
contact my office if there is anything I can do to support Menlo Park in
adopting a similar measure. " His full email follows.

As someone who has been driving EVs for the last 11 years, and has the
nation's first residential curbside charger outside of my house
(ProjectGreenHome.org) I hear from EV drivers almost daily regarding
charging infrastructure and how it would be so much more convenient if
their workplace and or apartment complex had charging. These EV drivers are
told it's too expensive to retrofit - which is understandable. The cost
effective solution is to install the charging infrastructure at the time of
construction which is exactly what this ordinance requires.

I would be present this evening to discuss this important ordinance with
Council Members but must pick my daughter from the airport.

Best,
Sven Thesen
EV Consultant & Founder, ProjectGreenHome.org and BeniSolSolar.com



---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Pirnejad, Peter <Peter.Pirnejad_at_(domainremoved)
Date: Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 11:09 AM
Subject: The Palo Alto experience in creating and enforcing an Electric
Vehicle Ordinance
To: dmchow_at_(domainremoved)
rjlafrance_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Jacobson, Melanie <Melanie.Jacobson_at_(domainremoved)
oripaz_at_(domainremoved)
jlondon_at_(domainremoved)
Hodge, Bruce <hodge_at_(domainremoved)


Dear Ms. Chow, Mr. Lafrance, and Ms. Lucky,



I was talking to a mutual acquaintance, Sven Thesen, also good friend, and
he mentioned Menlo Park was considering an Electric Vehicle ordinance of
some kind. As the Director of Development Services, I am pleased that the
City of Menlo Park is advancing a new electric vehicle (EV) charging
infrastructure ordinance for multi-family and commercial developments and
would like to share my Department’s experience to the extent that it may
help you.



As you may know, in 2014 the City of Palo Alto adopted EV charging
requirements with essentially the following requirements:



   - *Multi-family residential* – one Level 2 charging outlet and/ or one
   EVSE for each housing unit, plus install electric wiring for 25% of visitor
   spaces.
   - *Hotels* – all new builds must accommodate EVs at 30% of public
   spaces. This accommodation can be either a 120V outlet or actual charging
   equipment, but all parking must have at least 1 in every 10 spaces set up
   to include *installed *EVSEs.
   - *Commercial Development* – 25% of all spaces must accommodate plug-in
   vehicles, with at least 5% of all spaces equipped with charging
   equipment.



I estimate that this ordinance has increased construction costs by less
than 0.5% and I know from experience that it is considerably more expensive
(10-100 times more) to add charging infrastructure post construction than
pre-construction. To date, my Department has had no pushback from
developers regarding the ordinance’s residential component and limited
pushback on the commercial side, primarily due to new California Americans
with Disabilities Act adding additional parking space requirements. If
Menlo Park was only to enact one component of our ordinance (residential or
commercial) I would prioritize the residential requirement of one charger
per residential unit because a) this is where vehicles spend most of their
time b) the great majority of EV users prefer to charge at home versus a
commercial setting and c) both home charger install and operational costs
are generally less than the commercial costs.



Palo Alto and Menlo Park have some of the highest purchasing rates of EVs,
yet multi-family dwellings that lack charging infrastructure remain a major
barrier to accelerating EV adoption. I appreciate the efforts of Menlo
Park and other cities throughout the region to support EVs as an effective
way to cut greenhouse gas and air pollution.



In summary, it is my opinion that Palo Alto’s 2014 EV charging requirements
have been a major success. Feel free to contact my office if there is
anything I can do to support Menlo Park in adopting a similar measure. If
you have technical questions about our ordinance the best person to talk to
is Melanie Jacobson, copied in this email



Sincerely,





Dr. Peter Pirnejad

Director of Development Services





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Peter Pirnejad | Director of Development Services

285 Hamilton Avenue | Palo Alto, CA 94301

O: 650.329.2349 | E: Peter.Pirnejad_at_(domainremoved)



For scheduling please contact

Tabatha Boatwright | Admin Associate

0: (650) 329-2226 | Tabatha.Boatwright_at_(domainremoved)



*Please think of the environment before printing this email – Thank you!*






-- 
Sven Thesen,  415-225-7645
EV Consultant & Founder, ProjectGreenHome.org and BeniSolSolar.com; Wonder
Junkie
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 *Electric Cars are Cheaper than Cell Phones!  See:*
 http://www.projectgreenhome.org/articles.html
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Sven Thesen,  415-225-7645
EV Consultant & Founder, ProjectGreenHome.org and BeniSolSolar.com; Wonder
Junkie
__________________________________________________
 *Electric Cars are Cheaper than Cell Phones!  See:*
 http://www.projectgreenhome.org/articles.html
Received on Tue Aug 28 2018 - 17:48:57 PDT

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