EV chargers to become mandatory in all new UK homes

Electric vehicle (EV) chargers are set to become mandatory in all new-build properties in England.

The proposed legislation revealed by Transport Minister Rachel Maclean will require all new homes and offices to install “smart” chargers – which take advantage of off-peak periods of electricity production. Offices will need to install a charge point for every five parking spaces.

The move aims to drastically increase the rate at which charge points are being built as to meet the 2030 target for banning sales of new petrol and diesel cars, and by effect, the 2050 target to achieve net-zero emissions.

A spokesperson for MP Rachel Maclean told Drive: “We plan to support people to charge their cars at home by ensuring new homes are electric vehicle ready. We have consulted on plans to introduce a requirement for every new home to have a charge point, where there is an associated car parking space… we aim to lay regulation in Parliament in 2021.

“This would make England the first country to introduce mandatory charge points in new homes, cementing its position as a global leader in the race to net-zero emissions.

“Already, we’re investing £2.8 billion [$AU5.26 billion] in helping industry and drivers make the switch – and will continue our work to install thousands of charge points and boost the development of new technologies to meet our goals.”

Currently, the United Kinged has approximately 25,600 public charging points. However, a new report from the nation’s Competition and Markets Authority claims this figure will need to increase almost twenty-fold (to 480,000) before the end of the decade to accommodate for projected EV uptake.

The legislation is likely to pass through both houses of parliament, however, could be amended during a consultation phase. It will not impact Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, nor will existing homes need to be retrofitted.

The home and office EV mandate is expected to start in 2022.

Sources:

Drive | Electric vehicle chargers to become compulsory in new homes in England

Daily Mail | Electric car charging points are to be installed at every new home and office across England from next year ahead of a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.

15 September 2021

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