Chicago Looks to Equip More Buildings for EVs
May 7, 2020—Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance that would require all new construction of residential buildings to have 20 percent of any supplied parking spaces Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) ready, according to a Chicago City Council press release.
These requirements apply to buildings with five or more units, and onsite parking and commercial properties, with 30 or more parking spaces. At least one of the EVSE-ready spaces must be accessible to people with disabilities.
The ordinance comes in response to the increase of electric vehicles sales throughout the U.S. It is currently estimated that by 2040, 55 percent of all new car sales will be EV’s.
Chicago is one of 25 cities selected to participate in the American Cities Climate Challenge, an effort that helps cities take action to reduce pollution that contributes to climate change and impacts public health.