Moving one step closer to electrifying the way we travel in the UK, England is set to become to first country to legally require all new buildings to include an EV Charger. If pending UK legislation becomes law, all newly built homes (including office buildings) will need to provide electric vehicle (EV) charging points for every 5 parking spaces.
With the new law expected to come into action in 2022, it will fasten the rate of installations across the UK. Where 500 charging points are currently installed per month, this figure will rise to 700.
The new law is set to be a world’s first, and to excel the UK’s movement towards an all e-mobility UK, along with their ban on new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030.
With this news reported to last year by the Department for Transport Minister Rachel Maclean, other key proposals include:
- Home and workplace EV chargers must be capable of ‘smart’ charging (see below);
- Existing non-residential buildings, such as offices, to include requirements for electric vehicle chargepoints.
What is smart EV charging and why is it important?
The legislation set by the British government specifically states that all new homes and offices will have to feature a ‘smart’ EV charger. Such devices can automatically charge EVs during off-peak periods, due to a data connection via the Cloud. Once connected to the Cloud, EV drivers can experience the following benefits: