NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A3179A Revised 9/28/21
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring electric
vehicle charging stations and electric vehicle capable parking spaces
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Requires electric vehicle charging stations and electric vehicle capable
parking spaces in certain new or substantially rehabilitated buildings.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends section 378 of the executive law by adding
subdivision 17-a. Standards require that new construction and buildings
undergoing substantial rehabilitation with off-street parking have elec-
tric charging stations or appropriate wiring, panels, and installation
space to install charging stations in the future.
The provisions are as follows:
- One-to three-family homes with off-street parking must have one elec-
tric vehicle capable parking space.
- Multi-family homes with between two and ten parking spaces must have
at least 75% EV capable spaces, with at least 20% of spaces equipped
with a charging station.
- Multi-family homes with more than ten parking spaces must have 100% of
spaces be EV capable, with at least 40% of spaces equipped with a charg-
- Commercial buildings with between two and ten parking spaces must have
100% of spaces be EV capable, with at least 20% of spaces equipped with
at least a Level 2 charging station.
- Commercial buildings with more than ten parking spaces must have 100%
of spaces be EV capable, with at least 40% of spaces equipped with at
least a Level 2 charging station.
- Commercial buildings may opt to substitute one Level 3 charging
station for five required Level 2 charging stations.
Section 2 is the effective date.
The presence of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and parking
spaces in a community is associated with greater use of EVs. However,
the rate of adoption of EV parking spaces has been slow, mirrored by the
slow adoption of EVs themselves. In 2021, New York State took steps to
address to slow adoption of EVs by mandating new vehicles in the state
be all-electric by 2035. For the adoption of this policy to be success-
ful, the installation of the hardware needed to support a large number
of EVs on the road should be a priority of the state.
Accordingly, this bill seeks to align New York's construction and build-
ing code policy with the goals of the state expressed in the Climate
Leadership and Community Protection Act as well as the 2021 EV sales
mandate by mandating the installation of EV infrastructure in certain
instances during new construction or rehabilitation.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have
become a law.