New homes and buildings in England will be required by law to install electric vehicle charging points from next year. The government says the move will see up to 145,000 charging points installed across the country each year in the run up to 2030 when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK.
New homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year, under new legislation announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Announcing the new laws at the Confederation of British Industry's conference, Prime Minister Boris 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.”
Britain currently has about 250,000 electric vehicle charging points. By 2030 it’s anticipated that the UK EV market will grow to 10 million vehicles and require 2.3 million charging points in homes, workplaces and public locations.
Jordan Brompton, co-founder and CMO of electric vehicle charger manufacturers myenergi, believes that the new legislation could prove a defining moment in our transition to electrification.
“The mandatory installation of charging points on all new homes and offices will prove somewhat of a landmark moment. The move will not only see us lead the way in the global race to electrification, but also further boost the UK’s growing charging network – which continues to expand at a record rate," she says.
“With the bill dictating that all devices will need to be ‘smart’ (i.e. capable of communicating with the car about when is best to plug into the grid), it will prevent the energy network from being overloaded with too many drivers charging at once. What’s more, it will help to boost confidence in EVs for those who are still concerned about range implications and personal access to charging points."
“Indeed, rather than just another headache when buying your next car, installing a wallbox and charging your EV at home will quickly become as easy and routine as turning on your central heating or setting your house alarm. This is hugely positive news – a defining moment in our transition to electrification."
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.
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