New homes required to have EV chargers from 2022
New legislation in England means electric car charging points will be mandatory for all new homes and buildings from 2022.
According to the Government website, “New homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year, under new legislation announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Monday 22 November).”
In recent years, the government has invested largely into incentives and infrastructure, encouraging more people to switch to an electric vehicle. This is ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK. The aim is to encourage more drivers to opt for low emissions vehicles, which in turn will help to improve the country’s air quality and reduce CO2 emissions from road transport. It’s estimated that this new legislation will result in up to 145,000 extra charge points being installed across England annually. Although, the key question is, will this be enough? With the demand for electric cars rising rapidly, some authorities remain concerned about the current rate at which infrastructure is being installed.
Meanwhile, the government continue to support the rollout of more public charging points, as well as the installation of on-street chargers. Also, the plug-in grants remain available on new electric vehicles, although the amount was reduced back in March 2021. Eligibility criteria also applies for these grants. It's clear that some drivers are concerned about electric cars being higher priced compared to a petrol or diesel equivalent. Therefore, the focus has been on introducing more affordable electric cars and these plug-in grants have a noticeable impact.
In terms of current sales of electric vehicles, it’s clear there’s been a surge in demand for EVs, and many motorists are feeling tempted to opt for an alternatively fuelled vehicle. In fact, according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), sales of battery electric vehicles saw a 49.4% increase in September 2021 compared to September 2020.
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