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All new homes in England could get EV charging points

Is the charging network crisis over?

1y ago

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.

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Image: Tesla

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.

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  • Although if I were building a new home I think I may spec one in just because it's easier than adding it later; I do not think it should be required. Government is stepping too much into your private life and property with that. What appliances you add and how you spec your home is your own business. There is already too much nanny state in our lives, this is just another take away from your personal freedom. If I don't drive, or don't choose an electric car who the hell are they to tell me I need a $1000 plus add on that will be a garage coat hangar. Also this will give builders the freedom to gouge the price. As an option they are more likely to discount the option as an add on. Requiring it will force the issue and they will command top dollar. Also I am an electrician and could add my own charge access point for a couple hundred dollars and install it myself. Without the said discounts why would I want to overpay someone else to do it in this forced scenerio. 😠

      1 year ago
    • They charge a lot for electrical work your side of the pond.

      A lot of charging points fitted here have a SIM card in them so that they can be controlled centrally depending o grid demand.

        1 year ago
    • If you add the charging point during the construction process, it won’t cost $1000 to fit...

        1 year ago
  • It's a great idea.

      1 year ago
    • Pretty much all of us are going to be driving EVs eventually anyway. Why not futureproof new homes? Makes perfect sense to me.

        1 year ago
  • In 2018 England built 164,390 new houses.

    First two quarters this year we have built 87,150 houses.

    Now considering all but a handful will be connected to the electrical grid, fitting a charging point (7.5 kW probably) only has a very low marginal cost (can get one retro fitted for about £300), this is not really anything special.

      1 year ago
  • First Brexit, now this

    Sorry to all intelligent British people

      1 year ago
  • It will not work without changing all of the electric cables in all of the roads to be able to take the increased demand. Then you run into the issue of the power being generated to charge of of these cars so more power stations more solar farms more wind farms etc etc. Long story short it’s a pipe dream and will never happen. I’m not saying I’m against the idea, if cars like the Tesla roadster become the norm (and become affordable) then sign me up. I just don’t see the feasibility of it all

      1 year ago