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Santa Clara County Looks To Update Building Codes For Electric Cars

SANTA CLARA (KCBS)—With more electric cars driving on Bay Area roads and less charging stations than needed, Santa Clara county supervisors are looking to change local building codes as a solution.

Santa Clara supervisors are considering an ordinance requiring that homes be pre-wired for 240 volt charger stations. Supervisor Mike Wasserman said the ordinance would only apply to new homes and remodels.

“It’s for new construction which will get the amperage, the volts, the wiring, the outlet itself—all that correct from the get-go,” he said.

A typical home outlet delivers about 110 to 120 volts and second tier chargers, used for washing machines and dryers, deliver 240 volts—allowing users to charge their vehicles twice as fast.


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