New law means electric car chargers are to be installed in houses across the UK
From the 15th June 2022, electric vehicle charging points are to be installed in new residential buildings. All new building developments with associated parking are to have access to electric car charging points.
There are an estimated 145,000 EV chargers being installed as a result of the new regulations. The new law is part of the Government’s wider plan to cut carbon emissions, with £1.3billion being contributed to the development of electric vehicle charging stations.
With record prices of petrol and diesel unlikely to drop anytime soon, this seems like a worthwhile investment. The cost of fuel seems to only be on the rise with estimated prices of £1.85 a litre for petrol and £1.95 for diesel.
“EVs are the future of driving, however research shows that concern over the lack of public charging infrastructure and fears of running out of power are key barriers to adoption.
Home-charging is, in reality, the most convenient and cost-effective means of keeping an electric vehicle on the road, so providing new home-owners with the means to charge at home could really speed up their decision to switch to an EV.
Charging at home typically adds 30 miles of charge to your car’s battery per hour.
Given most home charging takes place over a number of hours overnight, this is more than sufficient for the journeys taken by the majority of motorists and makes the need for public charging points relatively rare.
The new Building Regulations are a great step forwards for the EV industry.”
The new law is in addition to the Government changing the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS).
This enables EV owners to install a charging station to their house alongside a Government grant which offers a 75% contribution to the cost of a single charge point and its installation, up to £350. However, as of April 2022, the EVHS is only available to homeowners who live in flats and rental accommodations such as single-use properties.
Installing these home charging stations is a positive step and will certainly alleviate a few people's concerns about limited charging stations. This along with the uncertainty of petrol and diesel prices, investing in a new or used electric car seems like a good investment.
If you’d like to know more about which home charging station to install, read our related article: Top Ten EV Chargers for Your Home.