All homes to have chargepoints

The Department for Transport has put forward the idea for public consultation that all new-build homes need to be fitted with an electric car chargepoint. If this results in law, England will be the first country to introduce mandatory chargepoints in new housing.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “With record levels of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads, it is clear there is an appetite for cleaner, greener transport. Home charging provides the most convenient and low-cost option for consumers – you can simply plug your car in to charge overnight as you would a mobile phone.”

The announcement came as part of a raft of Government moves to introduce more rapid and higher powered chargepoints that can use debit or credit card payment. Having supported the installation of almost 100,000 domestic chargepoints through grant support schemes, the Government has also announced that it is consulting on requirements that all new private chargepoints use ‘smart’ technology allowing an electric vehicle to charge at different times of the day in response to signals, such as electricity tariff information. This would encourage off-peak charging, keeping costs down for consumers.

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