All new build homes and buildings will be legally required to have electric car charging points from 2022, Boris Johnson has announced.
With eco homes on the rise, charging an electric car at home may soon become the new normal, and the government says this new policy will mean up to 145,000 charging points are installed across the UK each year. Ministers have already pledged to end the sale of diesel cars and vans by 2030.
The new regulations will also apply to self builders and custom builders who include associated parking within the site boundary.
The Department for Transport told Homebuilding & Renovating that in order to ensure self builders and residential housebuilders do not incur excessive costs, an exemption will be introduced where the installation of a charge point would increase grid connection costs by more than £3,600.
Some people renovating a house may be affected too. This is because the new rules mean those undertaking large-scale renovations which leaves them with over 10 parking spaces will be required to install electric vehicle charging points.
In a press release, the government said: “With the majority of charging happening at home, this will mean people can buy new properties already ready for an electric vehicle future, while ensuring charge points are readily available at new shops and workplaces across the UK – making it as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car today.”
Key Questions on the Electric Car Charging Points Law
The prime minister announced the news at the Confederation of British Industry conference, where he reiterated the UK’s plans to accelerate the transition to net zero. The government had already pledged to install over 250,000 home and workplace chargers across the UK.
However the government is yet to announce details of the rules, such as specifications and power outputs. Moreover, the new law doesn’t specify details on whether electric vehicles will be made more affordable.
Currently, installing a dedicated charger at home costs around £800, according to the RAC, although financial support is available from the government, and a financially-quantified exemption is expected for self builders.
We also don't yet know whether the law will be defined by a condition of planning or whether it will be triggered by a self builder's application for Building Regulations.
Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com said of the announcement: “Many of us are on board with efforts to become more environmentally conscious [and] over half of drivers (58%) told us that they’re concerned by the lack of charging points available for EVs.”
But the Labour Party criticised the geographical divide in available charging points across the UK. "London and the South East have more public car charging points than the rest of England and Wales combined. Yet there is nothing here to help address this,” Labour told the BBC.
"Nor is there help so lower and middle income families can afford electric vehicles or the investment required to build the gigafactories we need.”
Jack is News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, and strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and planning reforms. Having bought his first home in 2013, he and his wife have renovated almost every room and recently finished a garden renovation.
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