Electric charge points to be installed in all new buildings

New homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year, under new legislation announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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.

Industry reactions to the announcement were generally positive, with business groups pushing for easy payment systems and an exemption for businesses in remote areas off the power grid.

The RAC welcomed the policy, saying that future homeowners can be confident they’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of a fully charged car before they leave the house. In addition, workers who don’t have the benefit of home charging, but park their car at work, will benefit from additional workplace charging facilities.

However, the RAC is urging the Government to continue its investment in the rollout of rapid charging points to create sufficient provision for people on long journeys, and for inner-city residents who may not have access to dedicated parking spaces.

“It’s also important that all charge points – particularly at motorway services – are always working. Unfortunately, we’re increasingly being called out to use our EV Boost technology by drivers who have reached public charge points only to discover they are out-of-order.”

Business association Logistics UK also welcomed the news, commenting: “With the government announcing a commitment to make it easier to pay for charging, Logistics UK is pressing them to introduce a centralised billing system for commercial operators which would make payment for businesses as seamless as possible.

“Logistics UK is also urging the government to grant exemptions to the new-build rule for certain sectors that often operate in remote areas off the electricity grid, such as mining and quarrying. Owing to the nature of their work, these businesses are also more likely to move their site locations regularly and use heavier vehicles over vans or cars, making the expense of installing electric charge points unreasonable, especially until suitable electric HGVs are available for mass market purchase.”

The Government expects the new policy to create an additional145,000 charging points.

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