New buildings must have EV charge points from next year

All new homes and buildings in England will be required to install electric vehicle (EV) charge points from 2022.

The rule comes under new legislation to be announced by the prime minister today.

New supermarkets and workplaces, as well as buildings undergoing major renovation, will be forced to include charge points in their plans.

Those undergoing largescale renovations which leave them with over 10 parking spaces will be required to install electric vehicle charge points.

The government said that up to 145,000 extra charge points will be installed across England each year thanks to these regulations.

The government has also committed to make it easier for people to go electric by introducing simpler ways to pay whilst travelling, such as contactless, at all new fast, and rapid charge points.

“This is a pivotal moment - we cannot go on as we are. We have to adapt our economy to the green industrial revolution,” Boris Johnson is expected to say in his speech at the CBI annual conference today. “We have to use our massive investment in science and technology and we have to raise our productivity and then we have to get out of your way.

“We must regulate less or better and take advantage of new freedoms.”

The prime minister will add: “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.”

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