Homeowners Modifying Homes for Electric Vehicles

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) – The first major wave of electric vehicles will be hitting showrooms at the end of this year.

In the Bay Area, that has some drivers planning upgrades to their homes.

The expectation is that tens of thousands of electric vehicles or EVs will be on local roads within the next decade. That has drivers thinking about where they will be able to charge car batteries.

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“Of course they’ll mostly be charging them at home but they’ll need to be able to charge them when they go shopping, when they go to work,” explained Jeff Byron with the California Energy Commission.

According to experts, setting up a “fast charging” station at home requires a 240 volt outlet, for which you will need a permit and a visit from a local building inspector. The process can take close to two months to complete, though the EV industry is working to streamline that process.


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