All New Homes Must Have Electric Car Chargers By Law, Boris Johnson To Announce
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New homes and buildings in England will be required to have electric vehicle charging points from next year, Boris Johnson is set to announce.
According to the government, the move will see up to 145,000 charging points installed across the country each year, as all new-build homes as well as supermarkets, workplaces and buildings undergoing major renovations will fall under the new law, reports the BBC.
Announcing the plan at the Confederation of British Industry's (CBI) conference, Mr Johnson will say: "This is a pivotal moment - we cannot go on as we are. We have to adapt our economy to the green industrial revolution.”
The government added that the new laws will ‘make it as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car today’ and that the ability to charge vehicles through contactless payments would be introduced at ‘all new fast and rapid charge points’.
However, Labour has criticised the proposal, saying the announcement doesn’t address the geographical divide in charging points in the UK.
Labour said in a statement: “London and the South East have more public car charging points than the rest of England and Wales combined. Yet there is nothing here to help address this.
“Nor is there help so lower and middle income families can afford electric vehicles or the investment required to build the gigafactories we need.”
Although Britain currently has roughly 25,000 charging points, the Competition and Markets Authority predicts 10 times as many could be needed before 2030, when the sale of new diesel and petrol cars will be banned in the UK.
Number of major manufacturers including Jaguar and Volvo are already planning to go all electric from 2025 and 2030 respectively, and Ford has said all its vehicles sold in Europe will be electric by 2030.
In the UK electric cars made up 10% of those sold in 2020 - up from 2.5% in 2018 - however concerns remain about the lack of charging infrastructure unless the rollout is speeded up.
Mike Childs, Friends of the Earth's head of policy, welcomed the government's announcement.
He said: “New housing should also include secure cycle storage and access to high quality public transport, to provide real alternatives to driving and help cut congestion.”
The government has also confirmed the creation of a £10 million fund for a new hydrogen project at the UK's largest onshore windfarm near Glasgow.
The Whitelee green hydrogen project is being developed as the UK's largest electrolyser, a system which converts water into hydrogen gas as a way to store energy and supply local transport providers with zero-carbon fuel.
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