All newly built homes in the UK to have electric car charging points by law

The U.K. Government is introducing legislation requiring all future built homes to have electric car charging points.
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The UK government has introduced legislation to require all new-build homes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to have electric charging points by law.

Rachel MacLean MP, the Under-Secretary at the Department of Transport, announced the legislative measure, to curb concerns over the lack of modems that are capable of charging electric cars. The UK’s commitment to climate change has led to the government banning production of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and this law aims to make electric cars more mainstream and accessible to the wider populus.

Approximately 25,500 charging points for electric cars are available in the UK, but a report by the Competition and Markets Authority suggests that ten times the number of current charging points is required if the government hopes electric cars will outnumber diesel cars in the future.

The charging points will be automatically adapted to charge electric vehicles overnight, when demand is off-peak. This is to prevent electrical surges and the grid from being overwhelmed. It will also save users money by consuming electricity at off-peak periods, when it is the cheapest.

As of yet, this legislation is only applicable to England, as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have devolved administrations and as such have authority to amend the law in their respective regions. Therefore, the electric charging rules may be slightly different from those announced recently for England.

The legislation will not be compulsory on older build homes, but the goverment still highly recommends installing electric charging points into your home if you have an electric vehicle. The cost of installation is about £800, but a government grant may reduce the cost to about £450, if you are eligible to receive it.

Of course, charging times for vehicles varies greatly, depending on the lithium battery age and size, as well as the type of wall socket installed and cable used. The UK’s average cost of electricity is roughly 17p per kilowatt hour. To put that in perspective, fully charging a 50kWh battery will cost about £8.50 and deliver about 200 miles in range.

MacLean says the government proposes to ‘lay legislation after this year’, meaning it will start its readings through the parliamentary chambers next year. Therefore, the law may come into force in 2022.

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