November 25, 2021
Electric and Hybrid News
New legislation, announced by the Prime Minister earlier this week, will mean that new homes, buildings like supermarkets and workplaces will be required to have electric vehicle (EV) chargers installed as standard to the property.
Properties undergoing major renovation works will also be required to have EV chargers installed as part of the remodelling.
The announcement follows a consultation in 2019 on the charge point requirements for new residential and non-residential buildings and reviewing the results of this as well as the expected demand in the future.
It will be a mandatory requirement under building regulations for them to have charge points installed as part of the building.
It comes as welcome news to those who are concerned about the existing EV charger infrastructure not being sufficient to cope with the expected rising demand as more drivers go electric before the government’s ban on the sale of any new vehicles that aren’t zero emissions in 2030.
Initially there was also a proposal that any non-residential car parks with over 20 spaces to be introduced from 2025 but the government has confirmed that this will not be put into legislation. However, as part of the Future of Transport Regulatory Review consultation on zero-emission vehicles, they will be seeking alternative powers in relation to non-residential car parks of existing buildings to continue to develop convenient EV charging points for all drivers.
Regulations will be laid in Parliament by the end of this year and will come into force six months after the date they are established to allow time for affected businesses to adjust and amend project plans.