June 18, 2021

Mayor Krewson signs into law Transformational Electric Vehicle Ordinances

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Mayor Lyda Krewson recently ratified the most expansive electric vehicle (EV) regulations in the Midwest, maintaining her nationally recognized dedication to aggressive climate policy at the local level. “It is another thrilling and significant first for the City of St. Louis. We were among the first to provide a solar readiness law in the Midwest. With a construction energy efficiency requirements ordinance, we were also in the Midwest. And we’re again taking the lead now! “Mayor Krewson stated. “The City will make the use of electric vehicles simpler and much more desirable with this law, which helps reduce gas vehicle emissions which are dangerous to human health of our residents.”

In readiness for even more electric vehicles coming into the market over the next several years, Board Bills 163CS, 162CS, and 181 are collectively planned to extend EV charging infrastructure throughout the City. After active related peer-city programs, the Krewson Administration designed the legislative package. Some new construction, as well as renovation work of multi-family, residential and commercial structures, will be needed starting on January 1, 2022, to be EV ready by providing accommodation for quick setup of EV charging power. Similar criteria will begin to apply to large single-family unit recovery starting on January 1, 2024.

“At least a fifth of all new cars sold by 2030 is estimated to be electric vehicles. The City of St. Louis has been placed as a pioneer with this forward-looking law because we remove one of the hurdles to buying electric cars and planning for them to enter our streets. Thanks to my Board of the Aldermen colleagues as well as to Mayor Krewson for endorsing these initiatives,’ stated Heather Navarro, the 28th Ward Alderwoman who introduced the legislation. As electric cars are more commonly charged at home, implementing an outlet that can allow charging may have to be included in some home buildings under the current regulations.

However, for Electric car users to fill up, the capability is also required for workplaces as well as other destinations. It’s why, in order to facilitate convenient charging, some commercial buildings under this legislation would have to provide charging stations, the required charging facilities, and a varying number of dedicated parking spaces. Electric vehicle charging is less acceptable; there are exceptions for certain rehabilitation and construction forms or uses.

“During a significant refurbishment or new building project, it is much simpler as well as will save you extra expenses to implement electric vehicle facilities, as compared to stand-alone restorations that can be quite expensive and time-consuming. We’re enriching the community to plan as well as prepare for the cost-effective deployment of electric cars technology by taking action now,” stated Frank Oswald, Building Commissioner of the City.

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