Electric Vehicle Charge Points for Every New Home

The government has unveiled plans for new homes and offices to be built with electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

In a consultation released today, the government is proposing changes to the building regulations to make EV charge points a mandatory requirement in new build homes an non-residential buildings.

Additionally, they are proposing that existing non-residential buildings also have electric vehicle charge points.

The proposed changes are part of the government’s 2018 “Road to Zero” strategy which supports their intent for all new cars and vans to have zero emissions by the year 2040.

As well as being environmentally-friendly the expansion of electric vehicle charging networks will help the UK meet its future carbon budgets and boost zero emission electric vehicle technology and industry in the UK.

Analysis has shown that 80% of all electric vehicle charging is conducted at home. It is cheaper for consumers to charge their EV’s at home and this is pivotal in the EV charging strategy.

The government’s impact assessment has found that it is cheaper to fit EV charge points in new builds at £976 per car parking space as opposed to retrofitting existing buildings at a cost of £2,040.

New home electric vehicle charge points are expected to be 7kW AC with universal type 1/type 2 connectors. Charging time for 7kW charge points is roughly 5-7 hours so consumers can charge overnight.

Non-residnetial builds with parking spaces are also expected to offer 7kW charging although 22kW points can charge EVs in around 2 hours. Motorway services stations typically offer 50kW and 150kW DC rpid charging for 60 and 30 minute charges respectively.

The Department for Transport consultations closes on 7th October 2019. You can read the full consultation, including the government’s extensive impact assessments, over at the GOV.UK website.

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