Electric Vehicle Readiness - What & Why

What's Happening Now?

On December 6, 2018, we released draft recommendations and an environmental (SEPA) decision on the electric vehicle readiness legislation for public review and comment. Read our recommendations on the Project Documents page. Read the notice in the Land Use Information Bulletin (LUIB) to learn how to submit a comment. Send us your comments by December 20.

Research shows that access to convenient charging is a key factor in someone's decision whether to buy an electric vehicle (EV). EVs are typically charged at home, at work, or at publicly-accessible charging stations located in neighborhoods or business districts or along highway corridors. Installing the necessary infrastructure to support EV charging after a building has been constructed can be cost prohibitive. As such, there is a need to help ensure that buildings are designed to include some amount of charging infrastructure. This concept is known as "EV readiness".

We are studying possible changes to the Land Use Code to require new development in Seattle that includes off-street parking to provide power outlets for EV charging. We are doing this work in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and the Environment. Our effort is part of the Drive Clean Seattle initiative and was included in Mayor Jenny Durkan's 2018 Climate Action Strategy as one of her 12 priority climate actions.

Project Benefits

Our recommendations will:

  1. Save substantial costs on future charging station installation
  2. Reduce barriers to owning electric vehicles
  3. Help reshape our transportation systems for a fossil fuel-free future 

The End Result

We will share a public draft of the legislation in December 2018 and submit a set of recommendations to the Mayor in early 2019.