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Quebec government to make 240V outlets mandatory in new homes

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Electric cars need fast charging, so the government of Quebec wants to make 240V power outlets mandatory in all future houses, Journal de Québec reports. 

This, in turn, should help drive sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids.

The additional, one-time cost for new homeowners is expected to be around $400, according to the report ― including extra hardware and modifications to the fuse box. The Régie du bâtiment du Québec will publish a detailed ruling by the end of the summer.

A representative of the homebuilding industry said installing 240V power outlets is a lot less expensive during construction of the house than a few years later.
Tenants will also be able to benefit from these new outlets as Quebec wants to force apartment building owners to offer charging solutions as well.

Time will tell if this initiative spreads across Canada.