22.11.2021New buildings required to have EV chargers from next year
The government has announced today, Monday 22nd November, that all new buildings - such as supermarkets and workplaces - and home must install electric vehicle (EV) charging points from 2022. The new legislation, which was announced today by prime minister Boris Johnson, also applies to buildings undergoing major renovation.
On Monday, the prime minister is addressing the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), where he will set out how he believes the UK can create an advantage in what represents a huge transformation of the economy.
Johnson is expected to make much of the public and private sectors working in partnership to seize the opportunities of net zero, from electric vehicles to clean power: “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 new regulations will see up to 145,000 additional charging points installed up and down England each year in the run up to 2030, when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will end in the UK.
With the majority of charging happening at home, those buying new properties will buy them pre-prepared for an EV lifestyle. The regulations also aims to ensure charge points will be readily available at new shops and workplaces across the UK, making it as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car today.
As well as new non-residential buildings and homes, buildings undergoing largescale renovations which leave them with over 10 parking spaces will also be required to install charge points for electric vehicles.