Law to force developers to install electric car-charging points in new homes

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New homes in England will have to install electric vehicle charging points as standard by law from next year in a bid to try to wean drivers away from petrol and diesel cars.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce the new legislation in a speech at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference on Monday.

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And he would say that not only would charging points be installed in new homes, supermarkets and workplaces, but those undergoing major renovations would also be forced to upgrade.

File photo of an electric car being charged, dated 5/3/2021 (John Walton/PA) , PA Wire

The government has already announced that sales of new petrol and diesel cars will end in the UK in 2030, and expects the new laws to mean 145,000 new charging points will be made available each year.

Mr Johnson is expected to say: “We will need new homes and buildings for EV charging points – thanks to these regulations setting up another 145,000 charging points.

“We are investing in new projects to convert wind power to hydrogen and our net-zero strategy is expected to trigger approximately £90 billion of private sector investment, with higher wages as a part of our mission. To promote creation of highly skilled jobs. across the country.”

Downing Street branded the move as “world-leading” and hopes that charging an electric vehicle will be as easy as refueling.

Also new homes and non-residential buildings, which undergo large-scale renovations, and therefore have more than 10 parking spaces, will also need to install charging points.

Mr Johnson is expected to tell the CBI conference that the UK can benefit from acting first to transform the global economy and transition to net zero.

Electric vehicle signage at One Source London EV charging station in central London (John Walton / PA) , PA Archive

In his speech, Mr Johnson is expected to add: “This is a critical moment, we cannot go on as we are.

“We have to adapt our economy to the Green Industrial Revolution.

“We have to use our huge investments in science and technology and we have to increase our productivity and then we have to get our way.

“We must more or less regulate and take advantage of the new freedoms.”


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