Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)’s annual conference last month that electric vehicle charging points would be required on all new builds from 2022.
According to the official GOV.UK press release, “new homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year.”
In this blog post, we explain what this news means for the property industry and how it fits into the government’s wider sustainability ambitions, as well as a comment from our Managing Director, Michael El-Kassir on the new initiative.
What does the new legislation mean?
- Up to 145,000 extra charge points across England ahead of when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will end in the UK in 2030.
- New build properties will be equipped with charge points to support the increasing trend towards electric vehicles.
- The aim is to make charging an electric vehicle as easy as filling up a car with petrol or diesel.
- Large scale renovations with over 10 parking spaces will need to install EV charge points.
- The Government will ensure new fast charge points support contactless payments.
What did Boris Johnson say in his CBI speech?
He said: “We are producing a roadmap so that you in the private sector can see the opportunities ahead and what you need to do. And we are regulating so as to require new homes and buildings to have EV charging points – with another 145,000 charging points to be installed thanks to these regulations.
“We are investing in new projects to turn wind power into hydrogen and the net zero strategy is expected to trigger about £90bn of private sector investment, driving the creation of high-wage, high-skill jobs across the UK as part of our mission to unite and level up across the country – not just in the green Industrial Revolution, of course, but in all sectors of the economy.”
A comment from our Managing Director
Michael El-Kassir, Managing Director of GRE Assets explains what he makes of the new legislation: “We welcome this announcement by the government as in order to make it easier for consumers to be willing to use electric vehicles more widely there needs to be the provision of places to charge them. Sustainability is high on our agenda as we progress into 2022, so we see GRE Assets as sharing the same net zero carbon ambitions as the government. We hope to see more initiatives like this in the new year.”
GRE Assets has been delivering high quality, well connected homes in the UK and Spain since 2006.
Date: 2 December 2021