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Preparation for electric car-charging stations may be required in new Philly developments

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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown wants to "future proof" parking in new residential developments by requiring wiring infrastructure for electric car chargers in 10 percent of the spots. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A member of Philadelphia City Council wants to mandate that new residential developers think ahead and make it easier to install electric car-charging stations down the road.  

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown’s bill is designed to “future proof” parking.  New residential developments would have to include wiring infrastructure for electric car chargers in 10 percent of the spots.

“If you build 20 parking spaces, at least two of them have to have the infrastructure, the wiring for electric cars,” she said.

The actual car chargers would not have to be put installed, merely the capacity to easily wire them in the future.

“Sometimes, we do like to dictate and mandate, but to set up the infrastructure for developers and potential tenants should the need exist,” she said.

There has not been much demand for electric car charging stations.  Some parking lots in Philadelphia have even removed chargers for lack of use.

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