The Miami-Dade County Commission on Mar. 5 unanimously approved a measure to help pave the way for more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, an integral part of a strategy to reduce pollution and protect the environment.
The ordinance, sponsored by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, requires future commercial developments, apartment buildings and condominiums to have the infrastructure in place to allow for the easy installation of electric vehicle chargers.
Electric vehicles are a fast growing segment of the automobile industry, with most manufacturers planning to significantly grow their market for electric vehicle options. However, one of the limiting factors is the lack of charging capacity in multifamily buildings, at commercial buildings and places of work.
“Electric vehicles are the way of the future and an important part of our strategy to reduce emissions,” Commissioner Levine Cava said. “This ordinance will go a long way in preparing Miami-Dade to be ‘EV Ready’ and a market leader in the adoption of zero emission vehicles.”
The ordinance initially requires at least 10 percent of a new developments’ parking spaces have the capability to upgrade to electric vehicle charging spots, and later would increase to 20 percent.
Previously, Commissioner Levine Cava had passed legislation leading to changes in county government projects intended to make electric vehicle charging more accessible to the public at county buildings and Transit Park & Ride facilities.