The government has revealed plans to fit all new homes with electric car chargers. If the legislation is implemented, it’ll be a world-first…
Generating Demand For Cleaner Vehicles
All new homes that possess a dedicated parking space will boast electric car chargers. In world-first legislation, it would render charging accessible to millions of motorists. But existing home-owners aren’t being neglected, they’ll receive up to £500 to get a charger of their own installed. Should the plans succeed, the UK will be the first country in the world to render home charging points mandatory. It follows plans to standardise payment options for electric char chargers, which have thus far required subscriptions for each and every provider. It’ll cost approximately £976 per parking space, but retrofits are even more expensive; sitting at around £2,040.
Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, is adamant that there’s demand for zero-emission vehicles. He said, “with record levels of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads, it is clear there is an appetite for cleaner, greener transport.” He added, “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.”
The Actual Proposals For Electric Car Chargers
The government wants every new residential building (with a parking space) to receive a charging point. It also wants all residential building undergoing significant renovations (with more than ten parking spaces) to have a charge point and cable routes in every car parking space. It’s also laid out plans for non-residential buildings, too. It wants all of them with more than ten parking spaces to have access to a charger and cable routes.
Naturally, plans of this scale are easier drafted than implemented. Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), welcomed the government’s initiative but offered some advice. He said, “construction SMEs are keen to work with the government to help reduce the UK’s carbon emissions through changes to new and existing homes.” He continued, “however, we recommend that the developer is required to put the infrastructure – such as the cabling – in place while the homeowner is responsible for adding the charging point. That’s because charging points vary hugely and the homeowner will need to install one that matches with their particular vehicle.”
It’s traditionally been argued that the lack of interest in electric vehicles is largely a product of insufficient charging infrastructure. The government’s plans offer the possibility of putting this hypothesis to the test. It could be that, with charging at their fingertips, motorists are encouraged towards making a transition. The alternative, of course, is that there will simply be millions of neglected and ignored electric car chargers across the country. It’s one history’s great ‘if’ moments.
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