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SUBJECT: COLLEAGUE’S MEMO FROM MAYOR SCHARFF, VICE MAYOR SHEPHERD, AND COUNCIL MEMBER PRICE REGARDING ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Recommendation

1. That Council direct staff to review the Electric Vehicle (EV) permit process, and procedures for station installations to streamline the process and insure that it is customer friendly.

2. To also direct staff to adopt code changes requiring that all new construction of single family and multiplex housing install the necessary circuitry for EV chargers.

3. That staff consider ways to encourage and support EV use in the City of Palo Alto and the Bay Area including the following concepts and return to the Policy and Services Committee with recommendations to ensure that Palo Alto is one of the most EV friendly City in America. We would also encourage our colleagues to suggest other recommendations that staff may want to consider. These recommendations shall be based on Staff analysis and may include but are not limited to:

1) Ensuring that all new Hotels are required to install EV charging stations and to the extent feasible that all existing hotels are required to install EV charging stations.

2) That staff review the permitting fee structure for EV charging equipment to reduce costs, or develop cost incentives for the permits in such a way that it is streamlined and efficient.

Finally, as the EV celebration is hosted at Palo Alto City Hall on September 25, 2013, we would like to have it announced that Palo Alto will be a leader in the nation in the installation of EV stations by mandating that all new housing units be required to install the necessary circuitry.

Background

A core principle for Palo Alto is environmental sustainability. Palo Alto’s Carbon Neutral Electricity portfolio and a host of other environmental friendly initiatives makes our city one of the greenest cities in America. We presume that Palo Alto also already has one of the highest concentrations of electric vehicle owners in the United States. As

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