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EV charging in all new homes from next year

Emma Lunn
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Emma Lunn

Electric vehicle (EV) charging points will be legally required to be installed in new build homes from 2022 as part of a ‘electric vehicle revolution’.

New buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will also be required to install electric vehicle chargepoints.

Prime minister Boris Johnson will announce the new legislation today as the UK aims to become a leading nation on green issues.

Up to 145,000 extra charge points will be installed across England each year thanks to the new regulations, in the run up to 2030 when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will end in the UK. The UK currently has more than 250,000 home and workplace chargepoints.

With the majority of EV charging happening at home, this will mean people can buy new properties ready for an electric vehicle future.

As well as new homes and non-residential buildings, those undergoing largescale renovations which leaves them with more than 10 parking spaces will be required to install electric vehicle charge points.

After consulting with industry, the government will also be going further to make it easier and simpler for people to go electric, by introducing simpler ways to pay whilst travelling, such as contactless, at all new fast and rapid charge points.

The news comes as Johnson addresses the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference, where he’ll set out how the UK can ‘seize the opportunities of net zero’, from electric vehicles to clean power.

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 will require new homes and buildings to have EV charging points – with another 145,000 charging points to be installed thanks to these regulations.

“We are investing in new projects to turn wind power into hydrogen and our net zero strategy is expected to trigger about £90bn of private sector investment, driving the creation of high wage high skilled jobs as part of our mission to unite and level up across the country.”

Edmund King, AA president, said: “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.”