Electric car chargers will be built into all new homes and offices under laws that ministers aim to introduce later this year.
The legislation, revealed earlier this month by the Transport Minister Rachel Maclean, will require the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging points on all new-build properties within England.
The move aims to drastically increase the rate at which charge points are being built so Boris Johnson’s Government can hit its 2030 target for banning sales of new petrol and diesel cars.
What Is The Current Situation?
Last year, the UK Government stated that it will invest £1.3 billion into scaling-up the rollout of charge points for electric vehicles in homes, streets, and motorways across the UK.
UK minister recency admitted that only around 500 charge points are being installed every month, in which is way below the estimated 700 a day that industry bodies stated need to be installed.
Currently, most homes today lack the preinstalled infrastructure to deal with charging an electric vehicle at home, therefore it means that most Electric Vehicle owns need to visit specific locations and charge from there.
However, with over 500,000 hybrid and electric cars now on the roads, it is clear that more people are drifting to the cleaner, greener transport alternative. The department of transport made a proposition to make all newly built homes EV ready. Meaning, all new homes will have charging infrastructure installed, and each parking space would have at least one charging device.
The proposal also specified that the charge points should have a power rating output of at least 7kW and be fitted with a universal (Type 2) socket that can accommodate all types of electric vehicles in the market. They should also meet the appropriate accessibility and safety requirements.
Back in July 2019, the government proposed to mandate that all new homes must have a charge point if it has a parking space, but with the new legislation, that plans are expected to be executed in 2022.
If the plans go ahead as expected, it would make England the first country to introduce mandatory chargepoints in new homes, cementing position as global leader in race to net zero emissions.
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean stated, ‘We will publish our consultation response on requiring all new residential and non-residential buildings to have a charge point and we intend to lay legislation later this year’
‘We also confirmed our intention to mandate that home and workplace electric vehicle chargers must be capable of smart charging.’
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