Chicago strengthens EV charging measures for new buildings

Chicago’s city council has passed an ordinance bolstering the requirements for newly constructed residential and commercial buildings to be electric vehicle ready.

The Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment-Ready, or EVSE-Ready, ordinance updates the city’s municipal code to increase the number of private parking spaces equipped with EV-charging capacity…

The three principle aims of the new ordinance are:

– A broader range of multi-unit residential and commercial properties to reserve on-site parking spaces for EVs

– To boost the percentage of parking spaces that applicable property owners must designate for EVs

– To change current standards in the code so that EV-designated parking spaces are no longer just “capable’ of providing charging capacity, but are, in fact, outfitted with plug-in equipment.