All new-build homes in England could soon be fitted with an electric car charge point, the government proposed on Monday in a public consultation that would make the legislation the first in the world.
The government proposes that every new non-residential building undergo a major renovation to ensure that more than ten car parking spaces have one charge point, and with cable routes for an electric vehicle charge station for one in five spaces.
Additionally, the government proposes having at least one charge point in existing non-residential buildings with more than 20 car parking spaces, applicable from 2025.
For new residential buildings, the government proposes that an associated car parking space have a charging point.
For all newly-installed rapid and higher powered charge points, the government wants debit or credit card payment options by spring 2020.
The proposals to alter existing residential and non-residential buildings regulations to include electric vehicle infrastructure requirements will close for public consultation on Oct. 7.
The U.K. targets that all new cars and vans are effectively zero emission by 2040.
The government supports the installation of almost 100,000 domestic charging stations and has a scheme where it cuts up to £500 (approx. 3,562 Turkish Liras) off the costs of installing a charge point at existing homes.
In the first six months of 2019, more than 27,000 plug-in cars were sold in the U.K., according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
By Zeynep Beyza Kilic