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Consultation begins on electric vehicle charge points for new homes

Words: Laura Edgar
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The government has published a consultation on proposals that would require all new-build homes to be fitted with electric car charge points.

Proposals aim to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK and make charging easier, cheaper and more convenient for drivers.

The legislation, which the government claims would be a “world-first”, seeks to complement wider government measures set out in the £1.5 billion Road to Zero Strategy.

In addition to the consultation, the government wants all newly installed public rapid and high powered charge points to provide debit and credit payment by spring 2020.

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."

For existing homes, the government is providing up to £500 off the costs of installing a charge point.

The consultation, which closes on 7 October, can be found on the UK Government website.

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