UK Government hopes the move will encourage more people to drive low-emission vehicles
Plans are being considered by the UK Government to make EV chargers compulsory on all new homes and street lighting.
The Government hopes the move will encourage more people to drive low-emission vehicles.
Under the plans, all new homes when built will have to include an electric vehicle charging point, plus street lighting will be installed with EV chargers within the column to encourage more motorists to make the switch over to the ‘greener’ side.
As part of the DfT’s ‘Road to Zero’ document, it’s expected an announcement will be made which will see building regulation changes in the UK, making it mandatory that all new flats and office builds will have to include external EV charging points.
The Government has previously announced its intention to ban all new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 and the object of the ‘Road to Zero’ document is to prepare the UK for the future.
More importantly, the document reportedly contains a clause affirming the Government “sees a role” for hybrid cars in the future, so the ban should only affect true petrol and diesel vehicles only.
Also, the strategy’s goal is to “future proof streets by ensuring all new street lighting columns have charging points in areas with on-street parking.”
The strategy also includes plans to spend money on wireless charging technology for electric vehicles, where they could be charged via underground pads and do away with plug in cables.
An extra £400 million in Government funding will be given to companies who build and install charging points.
According to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, the plan will make “for the biggest overhaul in road transport technology since the development of the Benz patent motor car 130 years ago.”
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