Scottsdale Building Codes Success Story

We are thrilled to announce that the Scottsdale City Council voted last week to update their building codes with EV charging requirements for new construction. PIA Board Member Raejean Fellows gave passionate testimony at the City Council meeting (her testimony begins at 1 hour, 2 minutes), pointing out the many financial benefits of EV driving that are denied to residents of multi-family housing. “If you live in an apartment or condo in Scottsdale,” she told the Council, “you very likely have zero ability to charge your EV near your home. So removing this obstacle, by ensuring that a minimum amount of charging infrastructure is installed at construction, at apartments and condos, is a simple but vital action.” 

This success resulted from the concerted efforts of many EV advocates working together in Scottsdale. John Martinson, president of Scottsdale Electric Vehicle Association, was among those lending their expertise at last week’s council meeting. John is a 20 year veteran of driving electric.

Scottsdale is now the fifth city in Arizona to adopt EV-friendly requirements through building codes or other ordinances – joining Flagstaff, Sedona, Avondale, and Tucson. If you’d like to learn more about EV Charging for All, and how to bring equitable EV charging access to your city or state, please reach out to us at vwarheit@pluginamerica.org.

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