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** Please pass EV Charging Infrastructure Ordinance

From: domainremoved <Janelle>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2018 18:03:51 -0700

Dear Mayor and Councilmembers,


I appreciate that the City Council is trying to solve a serious problem in
Menlo Park, and support the passage of the EV Charging Ordinance.


What's the problem? We have too many gasoline vehicles in our city,
polluting our air, causing asthma, heart and lung disease, cancers and
dementia, and contributing to global warming - the effects of which are
becoming more dire each year, with severe droughts and fires in California.


Passenger vehicles are the single biggest cause of air pollution and carbon
dioxide in California. The most efficient way to address the problem is by
moving from gas cars to clean electric vehicles.


According to data gathered by the International Council on Clean
Transportation, the number of EVs in Menlo Park grew 8% in the last year
alone, to 18%. See


An EV adoption rate of 18% is great, but we can and must do better for the
health of our residents and of our climate. Why aren't our city's EV
adoption rates even higher? In part because many people live in apartments
or multi-unit dwellings without access to EV charging. I hear people bemoan
this fact all the time. There is demand for EV charging infrastructure. The
full potential for Menlo Park residents to drive EVs can only be met by
first satisfying this demand.


The cheapest, easiest solution to this problem is to increase EV charging
infrastructure requirements in new construction, which the ordinance does.
The ordinance sends the right message that Menlo Park is serious about
enabling and encouraging residents to transition to EVs.


If EV charging technology changes, the City Council can modify the
ordinance. But we have lots of new construction underway and planned, we
have urgent problems of air pollution and climate change, and lots of folks
who want to switch to clean cars. It's critical to put in place an ordinance
now to address these needs and enable Menlo Park to continue to lead the way
on ending the fossil fuel era. It would be much more expensive to go back
in a few years, when our EV adoption rate is 25% or 50%, and have to break
through concrete to add the charging infrastructure. Better to put the
infrastructure in place now, when the buildings are being constructed.


Even if EVs of the future have longer ranges, the used EVs of the future
will still have relatively short ranges. People of all income levels should
be able to enjoy the benefits not only of cheaper fuel (electricity) for
their cars, but also the convenience of charging at home or at work while
their vehicle is parked. We must increase EV charging infrastructure,
especially in apartments and workplaces.


For evidence that the EV charging ordinance will succeed, we need only look
to the below letter from Palo Alto's Development Director, Dr Peter
Pirnejad, about the benefits of a similar ordinance in Palo Alto.


Please pass this ordinance as written, and enable Menlo Park to lead the way
in the transition to clean vehicles for all.


Janelle London

Sharon Court
Menlo Park


From: Pirnejad, Peter [mailto:Peter.Pirnejad_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 11:09 AM
To: dmchow_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Jacobson, Melanie; oripaz_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: The Palo Alto experience in creating and enforcing an Electric
Vehicle Ordinance

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
* 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


Dr. Peter Pirnejad

Director of Development Services



Peter Pirnejad | Director of Development Services

285 Hamilton Avenue | Palo Alto, CA 94301

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