This year, Madison developers are expected to install electric vehicle charging systems in all the new parking spaces to accelerate the achievement of the city’s objectives. New regulations stipulated by the City Council require the utility to develop electric vehicle chargers in not less than 1% of residential and commercial parking lots. Moreover, parking lots have to leave 10% of the parking space for cable installation for accessibility by electric vehicle charger developers. The county plans to have not less than 10% of parking spaces with electric vehicle chargers, and half of the parking spaces must have cable installation space. Additionally, the existing parking lots will have to create space for these charging units or start planning for it. This regulation covers parking places where people keep their vehicles for long hours like hotels, offices, schools, public facilities, and private institutions. However, businesses that capitalize on space like warehousing and restaurants have been exempted from this regulation.
Additionally, the measures require city zoning codes to change to facilitate the development of independent commercial charging utilities. Legislator Ald. Syed Abbas, who brought forward this proposal, stated that he was responding to the fast-growing market and will inform the removal of bureaucratic problems hindering tenants from enjoying electric vehicles’ services. Abbas advised that charging station developers should build these systems in places where they are scarce, knowing that it would attract people to navigate through these areas and not the other way round. Statistics by the International Council on Clean Transportation demonstrate that Madison’s sales of vehicles had less than 5% being electric vehicles. BloombergNEF reiterated that electric cars would take over the international passenger vehicles by a tenth in the next five years, with the upfront costs going down until they reach ICE cars’ level.
The chief executive of Wisconsin Clean Cities, Lorrie Lisek, stated that they have been anticipating this move for quite some time and will partner with the developers to indicate charging units in new buildings’ plans. Lorrie explained that this would do away with the cost of freshly wiring the building to accommodate electric vehicle charging units. Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway reiterated this concept stating that it would bring down the carbon emissions coming from this state. Rhodes-Conway indicated that it is essential for the architects and engineers to develop advanced systems accommodating the latest electric vehicle charging technology. Other cities that have adopted these regulations include Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Francisco.