New homes and buildings in England must have electric vehicle charging points; The government to introduce a new law

A radical change is being carried out in England by the government. As per the latest update by the government of England, all homes in the country will be required to have charging points for electric vehicle from next year. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce the new law after detailing the report, BBC reported.

As per plans, the government said the move will see up to 145,000 charging points installed across the country each year. Newly constructed supermarkets, workplaces, and buildings undergoing major renovations will also come under the new law.

It said the regulations would lead to the establishment of 145,000 additional charge points each year in the UK by 2030 when sales of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK soon going to end. “We’re regulating so as to require new homes and buildings to have electric vehicle charging points, with another 145,000 charging points to be installed thanks to these regulations,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said during a speech at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference.

The government has said that recharging electric vehicles will be as easy as refueling petrol and diesel cars in the coming years. It also said that simple and easy payment systems will also be set up for this once done. 

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At present, there are 25,000 charging points in the UK that are mostly used by the locals. With the aim to promote its utilization more, the government decided to bring the new law. The law will also be implemented step by step. “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,” the Labour on the other hand said.

Accelerating investment in infrastructure to facilitate a transition to electric vehicles was one of the elements in a wide-ranging national Net Zero Strategy document published by the British government last month. However, the switch to electric vehicles is part of the UK’s strategy to hit climate targets, with cars and taxis accounting for 16% of UK emissions in 2019.