Every new home to get an electric car charge point
New suburban homes will come equipped with an electric vehicle charging point, the government is set to announce today.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling wants to ensure new homes, offices and even lamp posts come kitted out with an EV charge point in a bid to improve charging infrastructure.
He says the plan will make electric cars easier to run than petrol ones, and also has plans to ensure all large fuel stations have fast charging points as well as fuel pumps.
Grayling thinks a lack of charging points is the major hurdle that’s holding EV uptake back, with registrations for new models making up just 5.5% of the UK’s new car market in the first six months of 2018.
The strategy will be funded by a new £440m fund, and is set to be the biggest expansion of the country’s EV charging network to date.
£400m will subsidise companies that install charge points, while £40m has been set aside for research into wireless and on-street charging tech; Grayling thinks new lamp posts should have a car charging point built in, if on-street car parking is available.
Grayling said: “We want the UK to become the best country in the world in which to develop and manufacture zero emission vehicles.
“The prize is not just a cleaner and healthier environment but a UK economy fit for the future and the chance to win a substantial slice of a market estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion by 2050.”
AA president Edmund King commented that while the proposals were a step in the right directly, there is still much work to do to wean drivers away from petrol and diesel models.
He said: “It is right that streetlights on existing roads are utilised and that new developments are prepared for the switch to electric cars. But the electric revolution needs more than just a point at every home.
“Encouraging workplaces, supermarkets, shopping centres and petrol stations to start installing charging points and help convince drivers that they won’t be left stranded at the roadside is needed.”
Grayling’s proposals come at a time when the government is under increasing pressure to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; its Road to Zero strategy will see the sale of new pure petrol and diesel powered vehicles banned by 2040.