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October 29, 2015

Electric cars get a charge out of City Council

Proposed bill would require some new developments to include electric car charger spots

City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced a bill on Thursday that, she believes, would help support residents as they break away from a dependence on fossil fuels. 

The bill would require any new development in the City of Philadelphia – that include vehicle parking – to include charging outlets for electric vehicles. 

"Electric vehicles are not the wave of the future; they are increasingly becoming a popular choice for today's consumers," said the councilwoman in a press release with the announcement of the bill. 

The bill would require at least one charging outlet for any new residential development that includes 10 or more parking spaces. The bill calls for additional charging outlets for more parking capacity: two for 11 to 20 parking spots, three for 21 to 30 parking spots, and so on. 

"We want Philadelphia to be ahead of the curve as a leader among cities with electric vehicle infrastructure," she said in the release. 

The bill was announced on Thursday and will have its second reading at the next meeting of City Council. If adopted, Reynolds Brown hopes the bill will take effect in July 2016.