Added 15 October, 2013
Palo Alto, California, which served as an incubator to Google, Facebook, Logitech, Intuit, Sun Microsystems, Pinterest, PayPal and other leading high-tech companies is clearly on the cutting edge. But it still comes as a surprise that the Palo Alto City Council has voted to require all new homes being built in the city to be prewired with electric automobile charging stations. Council members voted unanimously to change the building code and to "develop strategies to further encourage electric vehicle use." Interestingly, the city is not the first in the world to do so. That honor goes to Vancouver, Canada, another progressive West Coast city that is on the forefront of the Electric Vehicle (EV) movement. California is often on the forefront when it comes to trends and if history is any indicator, this one will expand to the other cities around the world. Wiring a new home for EVs is relatively inexpensive and will surely encourage their use.