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Electric Vehicles

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NC-v4.1 LTc8: Electric Vehicles 1 point

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Intent

To reduce pollution by promoting alternatives to conventionally fueled automobiles.

Requirements

Provide charging infrastructure for electric vehicles for on-site parking.

Option 1. Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (1 point)
Install electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) in 5% of all parking spaces used by the project or at least two spaces, whichever is greater. Clearly identify and reserve these spaces for the sole use by plug-in electric vehicles. The EVSE must:
  • Provide a Level 2 charging capacity (208 – 240 volts) or greater for each required space.
  • Comply with the relevant regional or local standard for electrical connectors, such as SAE Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice J1772, SAE Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Coupler or IEC 62196 of the International Electrotechnical Commission for projects outside the U.S.
  • Meet the connected functionality criteria for ENERGY STAR certified EVSE and be capable of responding to time-of-use market signals (e.g. price). Projects pursuing EA credit Grid Harmonization should incorporate EVSE into any demand response program or load flexibility and management strategies.
OR
Option 2. Electric Vehicle Ready Infrastructure (1 point)
Make 10% of all parking spaces or at least 6 spaces EV Ready, whichever is greater. To be EV Ready, include a dedicated electrical circuit with sufficient capacity for each required space. Each circuit shall have conduit and wire sufficient to provide Level 2 charging or greater, and shall end at an electrical box or enclosure located near each required space. See all forum discussions about this credit »

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Addenda

7/25/2019Updated: 3/1/2021
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
Revise the first sentence in the third bullet under "The EVSE must" to read as " Be vehicle to grid connected (e.g. ISO 15118 compliant) and capable of responding to time-of-use market signals (e.g. price). "
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
11/9/2020Updated: 2/3/2021
Form Update
Description of change:
Update criteria and titles for Options 1 and 2
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
11/9/2020Updated: 11/25/2020
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
In the heading for Option 1, after "Electric Vehicle" delete "Charging" and replace with "Supply Equipment"

Under Option 1, in the first sentence delete "2%" and replace with "5%"

For the first bulleted item after "EVSE must:" add "for each required space" after "(208 - 240 volts) or greater"

For the third bulleted item after "EVSE must:" add "Meet the connected functionality criteria for ENERGY STAR certified EVSE and" before "Be capable of responding to..."

In the heading for Option 2, after "Electric Vehicle" delete "Charging" and replace with "Ready"

Under Option 2, in the first sentence delete "6%" and replace with "10%"

After "To be EV Ready..." delete all language from "meet all of the following" to "future installation of the EVSE". Replace with the following language:

"include a dedicated electrical circuit with sufficient capacity for each required space. Each circuit shall have conduit and wire sufficient to provide Level 2 charging or greater, and shall end at an electrical box or enclosure located near each required space."



Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
11/9/2020Updated: 11/25/2020
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Under Reference Standards, delete the bullet item "ISO 15118, Road Vehicles - Vehicle to grid communications interface" and replace with "EPA ENERGY STAR Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Key Product Criteria - Connected Functionality"

Under Definitions, delete the entire bullet item beginning "vehicle to grid (V2G)..." and replace with "connected functionality refers to EVSE that are capable of supporting building and/or utility demand response programs (ENERGY STAR EVSE Key Product Criteria)"
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
1/10/2020Updated: 1/10/2020
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
Under "The EVSE must:" revise the first sentence of the third bullet to read as "Be capable of responding to time-of-use market signals (e.g. price). "
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
7/25/2019Updated: 7/29/2019
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
Delete the last sentence of Option 2 which reads as: "A parking space with EVSE cannot also be counted as EV Ready. "
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
7/25/2019Updated: 7/29/2019
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
Revise "Make 6% of parking spaces or at least 6 spaces EV Ready."

TO

"Make 6% of parking spaces or at least 6 spaces, whichever is greater, EV Ready."
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
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Intent

To reduce pollution by promoting alternatives to conventionally fueled automobiles.

Requirements

Provide charging infrastructure for electric vehicles for on-site parking.

Option 1. Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (1 point)
Install electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) in 5% of all parking spaces used by the project or at least two spaces, whichever is greater. Clearly identify and reserve these spaces for the sole use by plug-in electric vehicles. The EVSE must:
  • Provide a Level 2 charging capacity (208 – 240 volts) or greater for each required space.
  • Comply with the relevant regional or local standard for electrical connectors, such as SAE Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice J1772, SAE Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Coupler or IEC 62196 of the International Electrotechnical Commission for projects outside the U.S.
  • Meet the connected functionality criteria for ENERGY STAR certified EVSE and be capable of responding to time-of-use market signals (e.g. price). Projects pursuing EA credit Grid Harmonization should incorporate EVSE into any demand response program or load flexibility and management strategies.
OR
Option 2. Electric Vehicle Ready Infrastructure (1 point)
Make 10% of all parking spaces or at least 6 spaces EV Ready, whichever is greater. To be EV Ready, include a dedicated electrical circuit with sufficient capacity for each required space. Each circuit shall have conduit and wire sufficient to provide Level 2 charging or greater, and shall end at an electrical box or enclosure located near each required space.

LEEDuser expert

Marilyn Specht

Integral group
Principal, US Sustainability Consulting Lead

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