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Please Support: Howard County Plan to Require EV Charging at New Construction

We are looking for people to testify in support of Howard County bill CB76 that will require EV charging at new residential construction. This will be the first such law in Maryland and we want to show all lawmakers that there's tremendous support for EVs in Maryland to help gain enthusiasm for similar laws in other counties and the state.

We want to show up in force at the Howard County Council public hearing in Ellicott City on October 15.

Please let me know if you can testify on Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 PM.

Howard County Proposal to Require EV Charging at New Residential Construction | PlugInSites
 

jaguar36

Active Member
Apr 10, 2014
2,148
1,959
NJ
I live in Howard county and Disagree with this bill. Why should they be forced? It would be in their best interest to build with EV charging but I don't believe in forcing it on a builder.
I agree. Market forces should drive EV adoption not a law. I think at this point you'd be an idiot to be building any new construction without giving it some consideration. If they wanted to give a tax break for a charging installation that would work, but forcing it is wrong.
 

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

Well-Known Member
Jul 12, 2012
11,651
9,747
Maine
I live in Howard county and Disagree with this bill. Why should they be forced? It would be in their best interest to build with EV charging but I don't believe in forcing it on a builder.

Because what would be very cheap for the developer would be much more expensive later for an owner who wants a plug-in.
 

mongo

Well-Known Member
May 3, 2017
14,530
49,125
Michigan
Because what would be very cheap for the developer would be much more expensive later for an owner who wants a plug-in.

Yah, but based on this implementation plan, if the EV adoption goes above 4% in any 25 unit section, you're back to a scarce resource. At 7+ cars, you'd get the J1772 one day a week if you're lucky
 
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vdiv

Chief Grump
Jan 20, 2015
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Reston, VA
Developers are required to comply with all sorts of safety, convenience, and quality of life regulations. This falls in the first category, you do not want residents bringing up their own adhoc charging such as extension cords and unpermitted installations. This provides a bare minimum for what developers need to do to meet the near term needs of the county's MDU residents.
 
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Howard County, MD Council Bill 76-2018 was formally introduced last night.
 
The bill passed!

Thanks everyone who came to testify or wrote to the Council in support. Councilwoman Jen Terrasa was very pleased with the response from the EV community. It really did make a difference.

Here's the Councilwoman's synopsis of the new ordinance:

This legislation does two things. For newly constructed communities with townhomes without garages or driveways, apartments, or condos, a community-accessible electric vehicle charging station must be installed at the ratio of 1 charging station per 25 units. For newly constructed single family homes or townhomes with garages or driveways, the developer is required to install what wiring so that the homeowner can easily complete the installation of a charging unit.​
 

mongo

Well-Known Member
May 3, 2017
14,530
49,125
Michigan
The bill passed!

Thanks everyone who came to testify or wrote to the Council in support. Councilwoman Jen Terrasa was very pleased with the response from the EV community. It really did make a difference.

Here's the Councilwoman's synopsis of the new ordinance:

This legislation does two things. For newly constructed communities with townhomes without garages or driveways, apartments, or condos, a community-accessible electric vehicle charging station must be installed at the ratio of 1 charging station per 25 units. For newly constructed single family homes or townhomes with garages or driveways, the developer is required to install what wiring so that the homeowner can easily complete the installation of a charging unit.​
Yay! Did I miss the prewiring part originally, or was that a later change?
 

Big Earl

bnkwupt
Supporting Member
Jul 12, 2017
6,860
13,451
Springfield, VA
The bill passed!

Thanks everyone who came to testify or wrote to the Council in support. Councilwoman Jen Terrasa was very pleased with the response from the EV community. It really did make a difference.

Here's the Councilwoman's synopsis of the new ordinance:

This legislation does two things. For newly constructed communities with townhomes without garages or driveways, apartments, or condos, a community-accessible electric vehicle charging station must be installed at the ratio of 1 charging station per 25 units. For newly constructed single family homes or townhomes with garages or driveways, the developer is required to install what wiring so that the homeowner can easily complete the installation of a charging unit.​

Great news! I got the email saying it passed, as well. I'm glad I could help out with my letter of support. This is a win for current and future EV owners.
 

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