All new homes in England could get EV charging points
Is the charging network crisis over?
If you live in England and you either drive an EV or you're thinking of getting one, this will be some very welcome news for you. If the government gets its way, England will be the first place in the entire world to have electric car charging points fitted to all new homes!
This news has come hot on the heels of a public consultation undertaken by the Department for Transport regarding the issue of charging points for EVs. Like it or not, the vast majority of us will be driving electric cars eventually. We will need to make changes to accommodate them and this proposed legislation, among with the gradual increase in public charging points and hydrogen filling stations for FCVs, is aiming to help the changes happen faster.
There's no word yet on how these new regulations will be implemented for homes that do not have off-street parking, however. It has been announced though that the government will be investing £40 million into new charging technology. This includes wireless charging as well as charging points that rise up from the pavement.
Along with this, the government has announced recently that from 2020 it will require public charging points to be able to accept contactless payments and be used without requiring a paid subscription. This will no doubt be music to the ears of EV owners, who as things stand may currently have to take out several subscriptions to the various different charging providers (such as Ecotricity and Chargemaster) so that they can make sure they can charge their car wherever they might need to.
Does this mean that the problem of the lack of infrastructure for EVs in the UK has been solved if this legislation goes through? Unfortunately, probably not. It would take similar schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to make more of a difference and there will still be somewhat of a lack of public charging points in areas outside of major cities. Still though, it is a step in the right direction and it'll help Britain as a whole prepare for an electrified future.