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Electric Car Chargers to Become Mandatory in New UK Homes

Electric Car Chargers to Become Mandatory in New UK Homes

A dedicated EV enthusiast leads a life of constant waiting ... luckily, with 2019 set to be the year of the EVs, there's plenty to get excited about, especially now that homebuilders could soon see their new UK homes come fully equipped with their very own electric car chargers! 

The UK government is set to introduce new legislation whereby all electric car charge points in new UK homes will become mandatory. The proposal is another step forward towards the UK government's ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The proposal is an effort to increase the uptake of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), which accounted for just 0.7% of all new car purchases in the UK in 2018. 

The proposal aims to support and encourage the growing uptake of electric vehicles within the UK by ensuring that all new homes with an on-site parking space are built with an electric chargepoint. As a result, this will help make electric car charging easier and more affordable for drivers and help to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in the air. This news announced by the Department of Transport (Dft) means that buyers of new build-homes will no longer need to make use of the Government’s home charger scheme (often referred as the OLEV grant), which allows motorists to claim a £500 discount off the cost of an electric charger. To date, this scheme has encouraged approximately 100,000 wallboxes to be fitted. 

No statement has been made about how the UK government's plans to accommodate homebuilders without off-street parking; however, last week the government invested around £40 million into research projects that included wireless charge points, charge points that emerge from the pavement and potentially fitting chargers to lampposts. 

According to electric car charging provider, Pod Point, the change could save motorists up to £1,000 in fuel costs with home charging points compared to using public charging points. "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."- Transport Secretary Chris Grayling The Dft is also further looking into whether all new private charge points should incorporate ‘smart’ technology. 

The new proposal is one of many government measures that attempts to improve the electric vehicle charging infrastructure, as well as a £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund as part of the government's long-term Road to Zero strategy to support the transition to zero emission road transport and reduce emissions from internal combustion vehicles during this transition. 

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