UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today new legislation requiring the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charge points in new homes and buildings, beginning next year. The law will also apply to homes and buildings undergoing major renovations.
The introduction of the new legislation follows the announcement last year that the country will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, unveiled as part of the PM’s “Green Industrial Revolution” plan. The government followed up in July 2021 with the launch of its transportation decarbonization plan, setting out its broader roadmap to achieve net zero emissions across the transportation sector, and extending the phase-out of fossil fuel-powered vehicles to include heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) by 2040.
The law aims to facilitate the decision to buy new electric vehicles by ensuring that charge points are available in homes, where most EV charging occurs, as well as at shops and workplaces. The law applies to non-residential buildings with more than 10 parking spaces.
According to the government, the new law will see up to 145,000 new charge points installed across the country each year.
In his speech today at the annual CBI conference, discussing the new legislation and the investment opportunities generated by the green industrial revolution initiative, 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.”