Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Capital City Builders LLC, a closely held luxury-home builder based in McLean, Virginia, is including outlets for electric-vehicle chargers as a standard feature in new houses.
Capital City has built a $3.7 million home with a 240-volt charger-ready outlet in the metropolitan Washington area, Managing Partner Ali Khazai said in a telephone interview today. U.S. sales of EVs doubled in the first half of this year as carmakers expanded their offerings, according to the U.S. Energy Department.
“After looking at the Teslas and some of the products Ford and Chevy are bringing out, they’re here to stay,” Khazai said. “It’s time to make this a standard thing.” The company is planning at least two additional homes that will support chargers.
Capital City’s decision to include EV-ready garages comes as more home builders offer clean-energy options including solar panels. Two cities in California, Lancaster and Sebastopol, have passed measures requiring solar panels on new homes.
The city council of Palo Alto, California, on Sept. 23 supported a proposal requiring new homes include wiring for electric-vehicle chargers. The council may vote on rules by the end of this year that would go into effect in 2014, Claudia Keith, a city spokeswoman, said in an interview today. The council may consider a similar measure for commercial buildings.
--Editors: Will Wade, Charles Siler