In 2021, new U.S. building regulations will revolutionise the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in new homes,media CNET reported. Quartz first reported on Thursday the changes to building codes approved by the International Council on Building Regulations (ICC) this month. These changes explicitly require that all new homes built in the United States be “ready for electric vehicles.” Basically, the electrical infrastructure for electric vehicles will be as common as the 240V power outlets for household appliances.
This includes the infrastructure needed to prepare the charging of electric cars parked in the family garage. However, don’t assume it has a charging station, it will still depend on the owner. Deploying the infrastructure will make it easier to install charging stations. The International Council on Building Regulation also said it should save homeowners money in the future. A study has shown that buildings that support electric cars will cost an extra $920. It will cost about $3,550 to add electricity later.
The regulation is not limited to single-family homes. Multi-family homes will need two locations to charge electric cars, and in the future will need extra space to add the right wires and plugs, which the ICC defines as “electric vehicle functionality.”
By early 2030, Americans will need 9.6 million sockets to meet EV charging needs, according to research cited by the ICC. The vast majority of them will be used in family homes.