Electric car charging points are to be installed at every new home and office across England from next year ahead of a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030
- Ministers admit only around 500 plug-in points are being installed every month
- New law will mean car chargers must be built into all new homes and offices
- The move aims to drastically increase rate at which charge points are being built
Electric car chargers will be built into all new homes and offices under laws ministers plan to introduce later this year.
The legislation, revealed on Thursday by the Transport Minister Rachel Maclean, will require the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging points on all new-build properties in England.
The move aims to drastically increase the rate at which charge points are being built so Boris Johnson’s Government can hit its 2030 target for banning sales of new petrol and diesel cars.
Yesterday, ministers admitted only around 500 plug-in points are being installed every month – way below the 700 a day industry bodies say are needed.
Government said last year that it will pump £1.3 billion into scaling-up the rollout of charge points for electric vehicles in homes, streets and motorways across the UK.
Electric car chargers must be built into all new homes and offices under laws ministers plan to introduce this year
PLAN TO AXE DIESEL AND PETROL FACES ‘HUGE BARRIERS’
MPs have been warned that there’s a ‘mountain to climb’ if they are to hit the 2035 target for banning sales of all new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.
Sales hybrid cars – which combine a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor – are set to banned from 2035.
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says the number of on-street electric car charging points needs ramping up, particularly in rural areas.
Around 26 are being installed every day, but industry estimates say the figure needs to be 507 to hit the 2035 target.
In a report published in May, the PAC also warns ministers must do more to help motorists overcome the up-front cost of buying new electric cars, which can be £5,000 more expensive than equivalent fuel models.
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It’s currently pushing for the large scale adoption of fully electric vehicles in less than 10 years’ time.
It is banning sales of petrol and diesel cars from 2030, to help eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and achieve its net zero emissions target by 2050.
Maclean revealed the timetable for the move during transport questions in the Commons on Thursday.
‘We will publish our consultation response on requiring all new residential and non-residential buildings to have a charge point and we intend to lay legislation later this year,’ Maclean said.
‘We also confirmed our intention to mandate that home and workplace electric vehicle chargers must be capable of smart charging.’
The plan, billed as the first of its kind in the world, will also require all points to be capable of ‘smart charging’, according to Maclean.
This means they will use a data connection to ‘communicate’ with the car about when is best to plug into the grid.
This prevents the electricity network from being overloaded with too many drivers charging at once.
It is much cheaper to re-charge electric cars at home. But about a third of households in Britain have no off-street parking, meaning charging points installed at workplaces or on the street will also be crucial.
The UK’s electric vehicle charging point network will have to expand by up to 20 times current levels to cope with increased demand, it’s recently been estimated.
Earlier this year, meanwhile, the Competition and Market Authority warned that ‘range anxiety’ – drivers’ fears that they don’t have sufficient charge on their EV to get them to their destination – is a major obstacle for widescale EV adoption.
Vastly increasing the amount of chargers on UK roads and outside properties is therefore crucial for the Government to reach its net zero target.
As of July 1, there were 24,374 publicly available chargers in the UK, according to Department for Transport figures.
Government grants have been issued to private households of up to £350 to install a further 200,000 charging devices.
The UK’s first Electric Forecourt near Braintree, Essex (pictured) is open for business. The government is pumping money into a transition to electric vehicles
The petrol/diesel ban also means the UK needs new and efficient charging methods fast to complement more EV charging ports around the country.
In December, Britain’s first forecourt only for EVs opened in Braintree, Essex, giving drivers the chance to charge their vehicles.
The service station features 36 EV charges and shops including a WHSmith, a Post Office, a gym and a wellness area for visitors to practice yoga for drivers to enjoy while their EVs are being charged.
The EV forecourt is the first of a £1 billion nationwide network of 100 electric forecourts planned over the next five years.
Meanwhile, the city of Coventry is working on a Scalextric-style system of wireless charging, which will potentially recharge EVs while they’re in motion.
EXPLAINED: THE UK’S NET ZERO EMISSIONS TARGET
A target set by the government in June 2019 will require the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May had announced the target, saying the plans were ambitious but crucial for protecting the planet for future generations.
The move will require huge changes such as more renewable electricity generation, phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by at least 2035 and a 20 per cent cut in beef and lamb consumption.
‘The UK kick-started the Industrial Revolution, which was responsible for economic growth across the globe but also for increasing emissions,’ said said Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore at the time.
‘We’re leading the world yet again in becoming the first major economy to pass new laws to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 while remaining committed to growing the economy – putting clean growth at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy.’
Net zero means any emissions would be balanced by schemes to offset an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, such as planting trees or using technology like carbon capture and storage.
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