Electric vehicle chargepoints to be installed in all new homes

6 August 2019

All new-build homes and building renovations could soon be fitted with an electric car chargepoint. In a public consultation on changing building regulations in England the government has outlined its strategy for EV charging. The consultation comes alongside a number of announcements aimed at better supporting electric vehicle drivers and increase the uptake of EVs.

The aim is to encourage the growing uptake of electric vehicles in the UK by making sure that all new homes with a dedicated car parking space are built with an EV charging station. This makes EV charging easier, cheaper and more convenient for drivers.

Home charging provides the most convenient and low-cost option for EV drivers – who can simply plug in and charge as you would a mobile phone.

The legislation would be a world first, and is part of the £1.5 billion Road to Zero Strategy.

Having supported the installation of almost 100,000 domestic EV chargepoints through the OLEV EVHS grant schemes, the government has also announced that it is consulting on requirements that all new private chargepoints use ‘smart’ technology.

This means an electric vehicle would charge at different times of the day in response to signals, such as electricity tariff information. This is intended to promote off-peak charging, keeping costs down for EV drivers. 

In order to ensure that all EV chargepoints can meet these new standards, it is proposed that the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act will require most new EV charging stations to have “smart” functionality and meet minimum standards. 

The government also proposes a requirement of at least 1 chargepoint in every existing non- residential building with more than 20 parking spaces, applicable  from 2025.

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