New homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year, under new legislation announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Monday 22 November).
Up to 145,000 extra charge points will be installed across England each year thanks to these regulations, in the run up to 2030 when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will end in the UK. This builds on the over 250,000 home and workplace charge points the government has already supported to date.
With the majority of charging happening at home, this will mean people can buy new properties ready for an electric vehicle future, while ensuring charge points are readily available at new shops and workplaces across the UK.
As well as new homes and non-residential buildings, those undergoing large scale renovations with over 10 parking spaces will be required to install electric vehicle charge points.
After consulting with industry, the Government will also be going further to make it easier and simpler for people to go electric, by introducing simpler ways to pay whilst travelling, such as contactless, at all new fast and rapid charge points.
This comes as the Prime Minister addresses the CBI annual conference, where he’ll set out how the UK can create a first mover advantage in what the Government says will be the biggest transformation of the global economy in 200 years, if the public and private sectors work in partnership to seize the opportunities of net zero, from electric vehicles to clean power.
In his CBI speech, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to say:
• This is a pivotal moment – we cannot go on as we are. We have to adapt our economy to the green industrial revolution.
• We have to use our massive investment in science and technology and we have to raise our productivity
• We must regulate less or better and take advantage of new freedoms.
He will add:
• 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.
The Government has also announced today that following a successful pilot with businesses, Innovate UK will deliver a new three-year programme of £150m in new flexible and affordable Innovation Loans to help British SMEs commercialise their latest R&D innovations. This programme supports businesses to grow, scale up and create new highly-skilled jobs in the process, including those who would have otherwise been unable to secure private loans.
Whilst this is open to a variety of sectors, green businesses will be able to apply from early next year, many of whom have already been benefiting during the pilot as the UK transitions to net zero.
Gill Nowell, Head of EV, LV= General Insurance and ElectriX, comments on today’s Government announcement: “Customers sit at the heart of the drive towards electric car uptake. We welcome the Government’s pledge to ensure that all new homes, supermarkets and workplaces must have charging provision.
“We must ensure that the chargers are designed and installed with all drivers in mind, that all drivers feel safe whilst charging their car, and that they work, are easy to use, and are fit for purpose – it’s no good having a really slow rate of charger installed in a supermarket where someone is only stopping for half an hour, for example.
“We’re at a pivotal moment in electric car history. Let’s get it right from this moment forward, and bring everyone along with us on the road to getting an electric car.”