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New-build homes and offices to get EV charging points as standard

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Estate agents in Plymouth have welcomed a new law that could see Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points included in all new homes and offices in England.

The UK Government confirmed in September that new legislation will come into force before next year. This would see EV charging points installed on all new-build properties.

This law – the first of its kind in the world – will also require such chargers to be “smart” devices.

It will ensure batteries can be replenished without overloading the National Grid, and includes promoting the use of charging overnight.

Proposals also include plans for all new residential and non-residential buildings undergoing renovation with more than ten car parking spaces to have at least one charge point, as well as cable routes for a charge point for one in five spaces.

James Clarke

What we think about the legislation

James Clarke, Director in charge of Land & New Homes, says: “We are already seeing a huge appetite from buyers enquiring about electric charging points.

“For some time, we have been recommending when advising developers on future developments to install this as part of the specification. Or at least have the provision in place for future installation.

Already this year we have seen two of our developments coming to the market with electric charging points in place. We expect to see this grow to 2022.”

The bigger picture

This latest move is all part of the Government’s Road to Zero Strategy. This aims to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

As a result, you will not be able to buy a new petrol or diesel car or van in 2030. And from 2035, you will only be able to purchase pure electric vehicles from new.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has recently published development and outputs of the Transport Energy Model (TEM).

TEM assesses energy consumption, air-quality pollutant emissions and greenhouse gas emissions of a range of road transport fuels and technologies over the period to 2050.

This includes ‘side by side’ comparisons of various vehicle powertrain technology and fuel options for cars, vans, buses, trucks and HGVs.

Find out more about the Government’s Road to Zero Strategy here.

When will the new legislation come into effect?

Speaking in the House of Commons, Rachel Maclean, Transport Minister, said the Government intends to present the legislation – which will only apply in England – later this year.

This announcement comes as the electric car market in the UK continues to grow. New car registrations for battery, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles in August 2021 were up 32.2%, 45.7% and 72.1% respectively.

It has also been announced that all home charge points installed after May 30 next year must be connected to the Internet. This will allow them to be switched off during peak times.

Expect to see more EV charge points across the UK, after the first all-electric car charging forecourt opened in Braintree, Essex, in December 2020.

Gridserve, which opened that site, plans to build 100 more charging stations in the UK in the near future.

Read the Government’s full consultation here.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch using the form here.

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