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New Builds in the UK Will Require EV Chargers From 2022

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The UK is supercharging its electric vehicle charging network, starting next year, with new legislation around EV charge points.

Starting in 2022, all new builds and workplaces will be required to install electric vehicle charge points. This includes supermarkets and offices, and also includes buildings that are undergoing major renovations.

The move could see up to 145,000 new charge points installed each year, as the country prepares for the ban of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030. With 250,000 home and workplace charge points already supported by the government, this is a significant step toward zero vehicle emissions.

With this legislation, the government is pushing to make new homes EV-ready, taking away one of the barriers for homeowners to buy an electric vehicle. Research shows most charging happens at home, so we expect this development to be welcomed by all.

Any office, supermarket, or similar commercial building with over 10 parking spaces will also be required to install electric vehicle charge points.

Currently, the exact details of the legislation, such as power outputs and specifications, have not been released. With several different charging types and cable connectors, it would be important to ensure the charge points are suitable for all new electric vehicles.

The move will also aid small businesses and sole traders who often park their vans at home overnight. They will soon be able to make the switch to electric vehicles without worrying about charging or running out of power.

There are plenty of electric vans available to lease or buy, and the technology is improving every day. By 2030, when the fossil fuel ban comes into force, we believe electric vans might well surpass fossil fuels in performance and range.

Alongside this legislation, the government are investing millions of pounds into green technologies, including hydrogen and electric products, as the move to zero carbon emissions continues.