By: Mark Glennon
A bill is moving forward in the Illinois House to require mass installation of electric vehicle charging stations, at property owners’ expense.
It’s not just for new construction or commercial buildings. Expensive retrofits would be required upon any “renovation,” defined so broadly that many updates to kitchens and bathrooms would be included. If you “renovate” your home or maybe that four-flat you own and have six or fewer parking stations, each one would have to be electrified, which could easily cost tens of thousands of dollars. The bill is inspired by a similar law in California — that exemplar of fine government.
Bigger residential buildings would have a formula based requirement and non-residential commercial buildings would be required to have 30% of parking spaces electrified if new or renovated. Red tape for tenant policies and condominium rules are in the bill, too.
The bill was initially introduced by Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), a statist to the max and among my least favorite lawmakers for reasons I’ve written about often.
Six additional House sponsors have joined.
Meanwhile, lawmakers fret about affordable housing. Go figure.