New homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle chargepoints from next year, under new legislation announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Monday 22 November).
England will lead the world to mandate such building regulations, kicking off a decade of delivery in hundreds of thousands of chargepoints while creating further green jobs across the country, the Government has said.
Up to 145,000 extra chargepoints will be installed across England each year as part of these regulations, in the run up to 2030 when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will end in the UK. This builds on the over 250,000 home and workplace chargepoints the Government has already supported to date.
With the majority of charging happening at home, this will mean people can buy new properties already ready for an electric vehicle future, while ensuring chargepoints are 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 homes and non-residential buildings, those undergoing large-scale renovations which leaves them with over 10 parking spaces will be required to install electric vehicle chargepoints.
After consulting with industry, the Government will also be going further to make it easier and simpler for people to go electric, by introducing simpler ways to pay whilst travelling, such as contactless, at all new fast and rapid chargepoints.
This comes as the Prime Minister addresses the CBI annual conference, where he’ll set out how the UK can create a first mover advantage in the biggest transformation of the global economy in 200 years, if the public and private sectors work in partnership to seize the opportunities of net zero, from electric vehicles to clean power.
In his CBI speech, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to say: "This is a pivotal moment - we cannot go on as we are. We have to adapt our economy to the green industrial revolution.
"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 your way.
"We must regulate less or better and take advantage of new freedoms."
He 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."