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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Sherman's Language Promoting Plug-in Vehicle Use Passes House


The House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act (HR 6899).  This bill includes legislative language that I authored to promote the use of plug-in electric vehicles.

The language will require that for any newly-constructed residential building to qualify as meeting “green” building standards, such a structure would need to have appropriate electric outlets with the capacity to recharge an electric passenger vehicle in the garage or carport.   Today, many residences do not have outlets with the capability to charge an electric vehicle where that vehicle would normally be parked.  This is particularly applicable to condo and apartment buildings with carports rather than single-family garages.

If ‘green’ vehicles are to flourish on our roadways, we need to have the proper residential infrastructure in place so that drivers can recharge their vehicles at home.  This legislation will help create the required infrastructure to support expanded use of electric vehicles.