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22/11/2021

Legislation will require new homes to have electric vehicle chargers

Words: Laura Edgar
Electric vehicle charging at new homes / Slavun, Shutterstock_1414509902

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has committed to legislation that will make it mandatory for new homes to have electric vehicle charging points installed from 2022.

Other new buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, and those undergoing large-scale renovation, will also be required to have electric vehicle charging points put in place.

Under the regulations, the government said that up to 145,000 extra charge points would be installed across England each year in the run-up to 2030, when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is due to end in the UK.

The legislation is intended to make it as easy to charge an electric vehicle as refilling a petrol or diesel car.

The government plans to consult with the industry before it introduces “simpler” ways to pay while travelling, such as contactless, at new fast and rapid charge points.

The plans for new legislation were set out at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference. Johnson said: “We have to use our massive investment in science and technology and we have to raise our productivity and then we have to get out your way.

“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.”

Also today, the government confirmed £9.4 million in funding for a “first-of-a-kind” new hydrogen project in the UK’s largest onshore wind farm near Glasgow. It will go to the Whitelee green hydrogen project to develop the UK’s largest electrolyser, a system that converts water into hydrogen gas as a way to store energy and supply local transport providers with zero-carbon fuel.

Maria Connolly, head of clean energy and real estate at UK law firm TLT, commented this legislation is a "game-changer for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and by consequence electric vehicle adoption and the decarbonisation of the transport system as a whole".

“The electrification agenda is a crucial one and with electric vehicle sales increasing as more affordable models become available, this is spurring the growth of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. We’re already seeing retailers, leisure operators and hotels looking to EVCI as a way of increasing dwell times, enhancing customer experience, retaining customer loyalty and supporting sustainability agendas. This new measure will only accelerate the investment going into charging infrastructure as businesses won’t want to fall behind competitors who have installed charging points and are reaping the benefits.

“This is an area where we expect to see increased activity in the coming months, particularly where an electric vehicle charging infrastructure operator partnership model is deployed to reduce risk and capital cost. We also expect to see an increase in EVCI deployed in municipal areas, again driven by a private-public sector partnership model."

 

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