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Electric car chargepoints to be installed in all new homes 

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith

All new-build homes in England could soon be fitted with an electric car chargepoint, under government plans to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.

The Department for Transport has launched a public consultation which proposes making it compulsory for all new homes with a dedicated car parking space to come with an electric chargepoint.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “With record levels of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads, it is clear there is an appetite for cleaner, greener transport.

“Home charging provides the most convenient and low-cost option for consumers – you can simply plug your car in to charge overnight as you would a mobile phone.”

The government already provides up to £500 off the cost of installing a chargepoint at existing homes.

Meanwhile, it is also consulting on requirements that all new private chargepoints use ‘smart’ technology.

This means an electric vehicle would charge at different times of the day in response to signals, such as electricity tariff information to encourage off-peak charging, keeping costs down for consumers.

The consultation is due to close on 7 October 2019. To find out more, click here.