All new UK homes could soon have an electric car charging point

An electric car charging port could be mandated on all new homes built in the British suburbs, under government plans to dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s proposals could also see charging points fitted to street lighting close to on-street parking, wherever convenient and safe to do so.

The idea centres around plans to make it easier to recharge electric cars, as Britain seeks to ban sales of fully petrol and diesel cards by 2040. Grayling announced the proposals would enable the UK to boast the “one of the most comprehensive support packages for zero-emission vehicles in the world”.

He added (via BBC): “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.”

The UK is aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 80% compared to the levels recorded in 1990. The government plans to set the wheels in motion to achieve this by 2050.

Introducing a dedicated charging point on all new home constructions, as part of this proposed Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, would remove some of the barriers to EV adoption. It would also mandate the charging stations would be at gas stations, as well as service stations.

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Part of the plans is a £400m fund set aside for those who would build and install the charging points at the various location.

A report back in March found that the UK didn’t have nearly enough e-car chargers available to those with compatible vehicles. At the time, only 16,500 stations appeared across the UK. That’s one for every nine plug-in vehicles currently on the roads.

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