UK new homes and buildings, such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing a major renovation, will be required to instal electric vehicle (EV) charge points from next year, under new legislation announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today.
Up to 145,000 extra charge points will be installed across England each year thanks to these regulations, in the run-up to 2030 when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will end in the UK, the government announced.
This builds on over 250,000 home and workplace charging points the government has already supported to date, reads the press release.
“With the majority of charging happening at home, this will mean people can buy new properties already ready for an electric vehicle future, while ensuring charge points are readily available at new shops and workplaces across the UK – making it as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car today.
“As well as new homes and non-residential buildings, those undergoing largescale renovations which leaves them with over 10 parking spaces will be required to install electric vehicle charge points.
After consulting with industry, the government will also be going further to make it easier and simpler for people to go electric, by introducing simpler ways to pay whilst travelling, such as contactless, at all new fast and rapid charge points.