EV Charging for All Coalition : NATIONAL

Building Codes for Equitable, universal EV Charging Infrastructure

The EV Charging for All Coalition (EVCAC) works with state-based organizations throughout the US to advocate for EV Readiness building codes — because affordable, convenient EV charging should be available to everyone.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Maximize equitable, affordable access to “EV Ready” (plug-and-play*) charging at home and at work;

  • Minimize cost and complexity for residents, builders and property managers.


Why Focus on Multi-Family Housing (MFH) and Workplace Charging?

Key to Equitable Access

Residents of Multi-Family Housing (MFH) face numerous, often insurmountable challenges in accessing EV charging infrastructure at home. They are more likely to be lower income, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color) and/or members of historically polluted communities. As such, they stand to benefit the most from the financial, environmental and health benefits of plug-in driving. 

The cheapest, safest, and most convenient place to charge an EV is at home – and the workplace is the next best location. Home and work are the ‘long dwell time’ places where cars tend to sit parked for many hours at a time.

Since light-duty cars in the US are driven an average of only 39 miles/day, inexpensive low-level charging is more than sufficient for the vast majority of home and workplace charging. Lower-level charging is cheaper to install, cheaper to the end user, and easier on the grid. EVCAC advocates for low-cost, ‘plug-and-play’ charging to expand affordable access for all residents.

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The 4 Principles of Equity-Centered MFH Code

1. Provide each household unit that has parking with at least one EV Ready space

This is a more equitable and affordable approach than requiring charging at an arbitrary percentage of parking spaces.

2. Require at least Low-Power Level 2 & receptacles, not necessarily EVSE

This meets most drivers' daily charging needs while minimizing costs to builders.

3. Wire the receptacle/EVSE directly to corresponding unit's panel or meter

This protects residents against unregulated third-party monopoly fees and relieves property managers from the hassles of billing management.

4. Install prominent signage at each EV Ready or EV Capable space

This communicates to residents that these spaces are pre-wired for charging, increasing EV adoption and property value. 

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A Guide for Adopting Equitable US Code

Around the country, more states are taking a look at transitioning to clean transportation and building up the necessary infrastructure to enable EV charging for all. Ready to take action?  We developed the EV Building Codes toolkit as a stepwise resource — so you can help advance more equitable building codes to support affordable, accessible EV charging.
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By the Numbers

1.5M - number of new housing units built in the US every year
3-12x - cost increase of installing EV infrastructure later as a retrofit
16 - number of states with EV building codes

About Us

Our Leadership Team: 
Dennis Corelis, Dwight MacCurdy, Guy Hall, Linda Hutchins-Knowles, Marc Geller, Michelle Pierce, Sven Thesen, Vanessa Warheit, Wendy Chou, and Zack Wurtz

The EV Charging for All Coalition includes the Union of Concerned Scientists, GreenLatinos, Sierra Club California, the Electric Vehicle Association, and Interfaith Power & Light, among others. You can see the full list of individual and organizational supporters here.

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Terminology Note

* EV Ready redefined. To ensure equitable EV charging access, “EV Ready” should be defined as ‘plug-and-play’: an EV parking space with a receptacle or EVSE, connected via a dedicated branch circuit to a panel with capacity for EV charging. “EV Ready” is distinct from “EV Capable,” which requires panel capacity, a dedicated circuit and raceway, but no way (yet) for someone to plug in and charge. While “EV Capable” is appropriate for new single family housing, it is not an equitable solution for multi-family housing.