CONSULATATION LAUNCHED TO INTRODUCE NEW LEGISLATION FOR ELECTRIC CAR CHARGEPOINTS TO BE INSTALLED IN FUTURE NEW BUILD HOMES
To date, the Government has already supported the installation of 100,000 domestic chargepoints ensuring that existing homes are electric vehicle ready by providing up to £500 off the costs of installing a single chargepoint.
Following the growing popularity of electric vehicles and record levels of ultra-low emission vehicles on the roads, the Department for Transport has launched a public consultation to change building regulations in England. The new proposal comes with a view to make it compulsory for new build homes to come equipped with electric car chargepoints which could see drivers saving upto £1,000 a year.
Consultations on changing the building regulations in England will take approximately 12 weeks.
Under the new proposal new build homes would come equipped with a dedicated car parking space with its own charging device, providing the ability to recharge an electric vehicle battery in a similar way to a mobile phone.
Charging can take from 30 minutes up to 12 hours depending on the size of the vehicle’s battery and the speed of the charging point. The average vehicle will charge in just under 8 hours with a 7kW charging point. 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
In addition to this, the government is also consulting additional requirements for all new private chargepoints use smart technology. Meaning that an electric vehicle would charge at different times of the day in response to signals like electricity tariff information. Encouraging off-peak charging which would reduce costs for customers as the use of electric vehicle charging increases.
Furthermore, they are consulting that all newly installed rapid and higher powered chargepoints provide debit or credit card payment by Spring 2020.
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