New homes and buildings must have EV chargepoints from 2022

All new homes and buildings will have to install electric vehicle chargepoints as of next year, the government has confirmed.

The new policy, which was first proposed in 2019 before being reaffirmed in the Transport Decarbonisation Plan in July, will require all new homes and buildings, such as offices and supermarkets, to install electric vehicle charging facilities.

The move makes the UK the first country in the world to require all new homes to have EV chargers, as the government targets an extra 145,000 charegpoints across the UK by 2030.

The new legislation will also require large scale renovations, which will have at least ten parking spaces, to fit charging points.

In the announcement, the government also said it will look to make it easier for people to switch to electric, through simpler ways to pay, such as contactless payments.

Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We will require new homes and buildings to have EV charging points – with another 145,000 charging points to be installed thanks to these regulations.

“We are investing in new projects to turn wind power into hydrogen and our net zero strategy is expected to trigger about £90 billion of private sector investment, driving the creation of high wage high skilled jobs as part of our mission to unite and level up across the country.”

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