Prime minister Boris Johnson revealed this week that a new legislation that will make it a requirement for all new builds within England, including houses, supermarkets, and workplaces will all need electric vehicle charge points, starting in the new year.
Homes and non-residential buildings that will be undergoing largescale renovations, resulting in more than 10 parking spaces will be required to fit electric vehicle charge points.
It is estimated that this will create up to 145,000 new charge points across England annually. This gives a huge boost to the country’s transition to electric vehicles, as there are currently fewer than 30,000 charge points in the UK and they are distributed very unevenly across regions, as shown by recent data.
As the UK’s 2030 ban on new ICE cars approaches, the government is investing in EV infrastructure to encourage adoption of EVs. Alongside the new building rules, it will also usher in “simpler ways to pay” for EV charging, including contactless, at “all new fast and rapid charge points”.
The government has also committed to making electric vehicles more accessible, firstly by ensuring all new public charge points accept contactless payment.
Earlier this month at Glasgow’s COP26 climate conference, transport secretary Grant Shapps unveiled a new government commissioned EV charger design, however it still remains unclear how the government plans to roll out the device. Although, the latest announcement has hinted that streamlined payment processes will be a major priority.
In his speech to the Confederation of British Industry, where the new legislation was announced, Johnson said: “This is a pivotal moment, we cannot go on as we are. We have to adapt our economy to the green industrial revolution. We have to use our massive investment in science and technology, and we have to raise our productivity and then we have to get out your way.”
The decision has been met positively by many, with AA president Edmund King commenting: “With the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars getting ever closer, it is essential that we gear up now to ensure that we future-proof our homes and buildings for the EV revolution.
“The majority of EV drivers in the future will do most of their charging at home, so it is essential that new homes are equipped to help this transition. For those without off-street parking, it is also crucial that we see more charging posts on-street, and in offices and supermarkets.”
“It will also be helpful to ensure all fast and rapid chargers provide contactless payments so that EV drivers in the future won’t help a phone full of apps and a wallet or purse full of cards just to get a charge.”
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