The City of Boise wants to make it easier for Boiseans to power electric vehicles in their homes.

On Tuesday, Boise City Council approved a new building code in the city requiring every newly constructed single-family home or townhouse with garages to have a higher voltage circuit. This allows the homeowner to install a charging station for their electric vehicle if they choose.

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The city council did not discuss the change to the code during a meeting Tuesday, but McLean announced it in a news release Wednesday.

“As we create a clean city for everyone, the shift in providing an option to include an electric circuit capable of charging an electric car has the potential to make a significant impact by removing a barrier to owning a green vehicle in Boise,” she said in the release. “As more and more residents choose electric vehicles, our community will benefit from a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.”

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A discussion post on about the cost of installing a 240 volt outlet needed for a charger showed a range of prices. Commenters said the cost of installing the higher voltage outlet ranged as low as $100 up through $1,650 depending on geographic location and the existing electrical infrastructure of the home.

This is part of Boise’s goal to have all homes, businesses and other buildings 100% powered by renewable energy by 2035 approved in 2019. The city also has a goal for all city buildings to be renewably powered by 2030. Earlier this year, Boise’s Public Works Department created a new division focused on addressing climate change.

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