The UK will be the first country in the world to mandate electric car charging points for newly-built homes. All new homes in England must be equipped with charge points for electric vehicles, as the government attempts to improve infrastructures for the expected mass-implementation of electric vehicles.
The Department for Transport has announced that it will conduct a public consultation on the issue. If the changes to building regulations are approved, as is expected, it will force homebuilders to install charge points so owners can simply charge their plug-in hybrids and electric cars at home. The measures would exempt the owners of new homes from the Government’s home charger subsidy scheme, which has installed nearly 100,000 wall boxes.
It is uncertain how homes without off-street parking would be equipped with charge points, though last week the Government advanced approximately £40 million for research projects that included wireless charge points, and charge points that emerge from the pavement.
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What's Going On Here?⠀ ⠀ Electric vehicle (EV) charging points are coming, as standard, to new homes and buildings, as part of the government’s Road to Zero strategy, unveiled this week.⠀ ⠀ In a further bid to improve charging infrastructure, there are plans to install charging points in lamp posts near on-street parking. We think that’s a pretty bright idea!⠀ What Does This Mean?⠀ ⠀ There's a lack of charging points both at home and on-street, along with consumer anxiety over EV range - that is, how far they can go per charge. (Yep, it’s even got its own term: range anxiety.) According to the AA, 8/10 drivers see a lack of charging points as a roadblock to buying an electric car :-(. As such, much of the public still need to be persuaded that EVs are a viable and convenient alternative to traditional cars.⠀ ⠀ In addition, many believe the government’s policy on EVs is lagging behind other, arguably more ambitious, countries. Despite aiming for at least 50% of new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030, they have been accused of taking the slow lane on tackling transport emissions.⠀ ⠀ Why Should We Care?⠀ ⠀ In short, we need electric vehicles if we are to slow global warming from greenhouse gases (GHGs). In the UK transport is responsible for a 25% of GHG emissions, with petrol and diesel making up near on 100% of these. The quicker we transition to EVs the more we slow down climate change. ⠀ Not only is pollution a major contributor to global warming, toxic air is thought to have caused over 40,000 deaths in the UK last time we checked, so putting the BRAKES on pollution has never been more crucial.⠀ ⠀ Be Curious!⠀ ⠀ If you're fortunate enough to be able to buy a car, in this day and age an electric one is the way to go. You'll be exempt from vehicle tax (so could save hundreds per year) and you'll be future-proofed against further changes in the car market.⠀ ⠀ And over the next few years we'll be seeing a lot more of these: streets restricted to electric vehicle use only. London's first are in Shoreditch. ⠀ #environment #pollution #electriccars #ev #tesla #uk #roadtozero #electricvehicles #newsletter #savetheplanet #noplanetb #itscominghome #climatechange
The initiative is part of the Government’s efforts to meet strict targets for air quality and pollution caused by fossil fuel emissions. From 2040, the £1.5 billion Road to Zero plan will ban the sale of non-electric cars. Though details are still a bit vague, the measure would seemingly mean that new cars will have to be able to travel for 50 miles with battery power in order to be available for sale. This would eliminate all cars except all-electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen cars.
In another announcement, the Department for Transport said all public charge points will accept contactless payments, without a subscription, starting next year. This would save EV and PHEV owners from being forced to sign up with the various companies that oversee the UK’s network of public chargers. The DfT is also considering smart charging, which takes advantage of peak and off-peak electricity rates. This would allow EV’s to serve as a network of power storage when vast amounts of electricity are produced by wind turbines.
In addition to Road to Zero, the Government has also announced that the UK will be carbon neutral by 2050. Given that transport accounts for nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, reducing emissions from motor vehicles is crucial to achieving this objective.
“Home charging provides the most convenient and low-cost option for consumers – you can simply plug your car in to charge overnight as you would a mobile phone,” said Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.