Proposed mandatory electric car charging points

July 17, 2019

New government proposals could mean that all new house builds in England will be fitted with mandatory electric car charging points.

The proposals aim to support and encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK.

Mandatory by law

The plans were outlined this week by the government in a public consultation on changing building regulations in England, with a view to make it mandatory by law for all new build homes to come equipped with charge points.

Under these new plans, any homes with a dedicated parking space are to be built with an electric charge point. The legislation would be a world first and is part of England’s efforts to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The government also announced it wants to see all newly installed rapid and higher powered charge points provide debit or credit card payment by spring 2020.

Speaking recently, Chris Grayling Transport Minister said, “With record levels of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads, it is clear there is an appetite for cleaner, greener transport.

“Home charging provides the most convenient and low-cost option for consumers.

“You can simply plug your car in to charge overnight as you would a mobile phone.”

The government also announced that it is consulting on requirements that all new private charge points use ‘smart’ technology. This means an electric vehicle would charge at different times of the day in response to signals, such as electricity tariff information.

This would encourage off-peak charging, helping to keep costs down for consumers.