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Boise’s New Housing Code Requires Circuit for Electric Cars

By • December 8, 2020

Mayor Lauren McLean of Boise made it clear on her campaign trail that she wanted to focus on the environment as part of her efforts if elected.

After her election and during her “State of the City” address, McLean said, “Boise will be a climate innovation leader, not just because we want to, but because we must.”

Boise says it wants to have clean electricity for everyone by 2035.

McLean’s office has joined an effort to plant more trees in conjunction with a global initiative to plant one trillion trees, Additionally, McLean’s also announced the formation of the “Climate Action Group” which “…places climate solutions and innovation at the center of our efforts to create opportunity for everyone.”

Now, McLean has also taken another step in her environmental plan by requiring all new single-family homes and townhouses to have circuits installed which can later be used by a homeowner who wishes to install a charging station for their electric car.

Electric vehicles must be plugged into a 240-volt circuit and not the standard 120-vote circuit that is the common circuit found throughout your home.

Here is the full press release by McLean’s office:

I’m excited to share that we made a small change to our city code that will have a significant impact on Boise’s energy future. The new code requires that newly constructed single-family homes and townhouses with garages have a higher voltage circuit. This update will allow the homeowner to install a charging station for their electric vehicle.

As we create a clean city for everyone, the shift in providing an option to include an electric circuit capable of charging an electric car has the potential to make a significant impact by removing a barrier to owning a green vehicle in Boise.

As more and more residents choose electric vehicles, our community will benefit from a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. We set an ambitious goal of 100% clean electricity for our community; this is another step towards that goal.

I want to thank our City Electrical Board, Planning and Development Services Department, Public Works Department and City Council for helping to make this happen. We’re taking every responsible step we can to create a thriving green future for every resident of Boise. Working together, we can Impact the course of climate change.

The cost of installing the circuit will cost extra money on top of whatever the homeowner is going to currently pay. Estimates Idaho Dispatch could find range anywhere from $300 to $1,000 for full installation.

Boise’s new code on installing these circuits in new homes will begin on January 1st, 2021.

Tags: Boise, Electric Car, Housing, Lauren McLean