In September 2021, MP Rachel MacLean, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Transport, announced plans to introduce new legislation mandating that property developers will be required to install electric vehicle (EV) charge points as standard in all new-build homes with off-road or dedicated parking. This currently applies in England only.

A diesel/petrol vehicle sales ban is foreseen in the UK by 2030 in a bid to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. This new legislation should help the country meet targets for charging infrastructure, which is currently falling behind the growth in EV sales, with one in seven cars sold this year having a plug.

This legislation will facilitate EV sales, offering easier and cheaper charging at home. The proposal stipulates that the points have a power rating of at least 7kW, with a Type 2 socket that can fit all EVs currently available on the market. In addition, the new charge points must be ‘smart’, enabling users to charge EVs when it’s cheaper and without overloading the grid.

England will be the first country to introduce such a law. Legislation is expected to be introduced later in 2021, with the mandatory rollout of charging infrastructure in residential and non-residential new-builds potentially starting in early 2022.

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