UK To Build EV Charge Points In Every New Home

Mon 15th Jul 2019

The UK government has announced a world’s first after confirming that every new home built would come with electric chargers.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling made the announcement, saying that the demand is there to make a huge step towards greener transport.

He said: “With record levels of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads, it is clear there is an appetite for cleaner, greener transport.

“Home charging provides the most convenient and low-cost option for consumers – you can simply plug your car in to charge overnight as you would a mobile phone.”

But a leading building expert has warned that the government must not rush into any plans, suggesting that a one-size fits all approach will not be suitable.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders said: “Construction SMEs are keen to work with the government to help reduce the UK’s carbon emissions through changes to new and existing homes.

“Building new homes with electric charging points for cars could help towards this.

“However, we recommend that the developer is required to put the infrastructure – such as the cabling – in place while the homeowner is responsible for adding the charging point.

“That’s because charging points vary hugely and the homeowner will need to install one that matches with their particular vehicle,” Berry told AirQualityNews.