A new UK Government proposal to cut emissions involves making EV charging points compulsory in newly built homes.
Electric vehicles are now firmly on the agenda, and as the drive to cut carbon emissions picks up pace, they will become increasingly commonplace and part of the culture.
What is vital, though, is having the infrastructure in place to support and encourage the increased adoption of electric vehicles.
Which is why the recent government announcement of its proposal makes sense.
Future Energy Group is an approved installer for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. As such, we can help households get ready for electric vehicles, whether they are a new build or not.
The Government’s Proposals for EV Charging Points
The idea behind the Transport Secretary’s proposals is to make it easier to recharge an electric car, when compared to refuelling petrol or diesel vehicles.
This proposal aims to make more money available to fund the infrastructure for charging EVs.
There are also plans to put more charging points in suitable locations by ensuring that any new street lighting columns incorporate charging points as part of their design.
For new homes and offices, the proposal wants there to be an assessment to see whether it should be a requirement for them to have charging points included in their design from the outset.
The stated aim is to make sure the UK has a comprehensive support package for zero emissions, and to ensure it has an economy fit for the future.
What 2040 Means
The Government has a Road to Zero strategy with the aim that by 2040 there should be zero carbon emissions from vehicles.
The implication is, therefore, that from 2040, all vehicles must be fuelled by either electricity or hydrogen.
There are still discussions and arguments around this, especially regarding whether hybrid vehicles will still be sold after 2040.
Regardless, meeting the 2040 target means pressure will be on for there to be more EV charging points, on street, in the workplace and where people live.
Currently, both the RAC and AA agree that a lack of charging points is hampering the growth in use of electric vehicles. AA research indicates that eight out of ten drivers view not enough charging points as a barrier to buying an electric car.
EV Charging Points and the Property Market
If the new build concept for compulsory EV charging points goes ahead, where does that leave people with existing properties?
There are implications for the property market.
For example, if you were selling your property and you were already competing with new developments, what might the effect be of them having EV charging points fitted as standard?
This might not seem significant now, but the future is coming fast, and the electric car is set to become the norm.
What you can do is act now to install a home charging point. This means you are EV ready.
The good news is that you can get a grant to help pay for this, providing you use a government-approved EV installer.
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has a Homecharge Scheme, where those eligible can benefit from £500 off the installation of a home charging point.
Future Energy Group is an OLEV approved installer. We can help you take the next step to make your home EV-ready, and prepare you for a greener transport future.
Contact us for more information.