13 September 2021.
British government has announced to introduce legislation in 2021, under which all the newly built homes and offices will require to feature electric vehicle chargers in England.
- Under the legislation, all new homes and offices will be required to feature smart charging devices which can automatically charge vehicles during off-peak periods.
- According to it, new office blocks will require to install a charging point for every five parking spaces.
- This law will make England the first country in the world that requires all new homes to have EV chargers.
- The legislation is part of the movement that seeks to rapidly boost the number of chargers in England ahead of UK’s 2030 ban of new fossil-fuel vehicles.
- Home and office EV charger proposal is expected to start in 2022.
Significance of the legislation
- This legislation will help in boosting confidence and help those who transition from gas cars in overcoming the range anxiety because many homes in England do not have off-street parking or garages.
- The government originally announced to mandate that all new homes have a charge point with the parking space in 2019.
UK’s 2030 ban of new fossil-fuel vehicles
- United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, had recently announced to ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles from 2030, nothing the future of personal mobility on electric vehicles.
- The ban on gasoline vehicles had initially been proposed for 2040.
- But it has been brought forward by ten years under the ten-point plan of UK of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
- Hybrid vehicles would be phased out by 2035.