Electric vehicle charging points are to be included in all new build homes and offices in England under new legislation.
The proposals also include plans for every new residential building and every non-residential building undergoing renovation with more than ten car parking spaces to have one charge point and cable routes for a charge point for one in five spaces.
The move is part of the UK government’s Road to Zero strategy which aims to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050. As part of this initiative all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned from sale in 2030, and from 2035, only pure electric vehicles will be available to buy new.
The regulations will require that the chargers are smart devices that allow owners to charge their vehicles at off-peak times to save money. If the legislation goes ahead, it will be the first of its kind in the world.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Rachel Maclean, under-secretary of state for transport, said the government intends to present the legislation, which will only apply in England, later this year.
The announcement comes as the electric car market in the UK continues to grow, with new car registrations in August for battery, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles up 32.2%, 45.7% and 72.1% respectively.