All new build homes in England are soon to be fitted with an electric car charge point, under new government plans.
The proposals aim to support and encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK, and improve the experience of charging.
Mandatory by law
The plans were outlined by the government in a public consultation on changing building regulations in England yesterday (15 July), with a view to make it mandatory by law for all new build homes to come equipped with charge points.
Under the plans, all new homes with a dedicated parking space are to be built with an electric charge point, making charging easier, cheaper and more convenient for drivers. The legislation would be a world first and is part of England’s efforts to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
The government also announced it wants to see all newly installed rapid and higher powered charge points provide debit or credit card 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.”
Up to £1,000 in savings
The government has already taken steps to ensure that existing homes are electric vehicle ready, by providing up to £500 off the cost of installing a charge point at home.
Almost 100,000 domestic charge points have been supported through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, which offers drivers a discount on the cost of buying and installing one at home.
With all charge points set to be fitted to new build homes, motorists stand to save around £1,000 per year in fuel costs compared to those who rely on public charging facilities, according to electric car charging provider Pod Point.
The government also announced that it is consulting on requirements that all new private charge points use ‘smart’ technology. This means an electric vehicle would charge at different times of the day in response to signals, such as electricity tariff information.
This would encourage off-peak charging, helping to keep costs down for consumers.