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How Will New Builds Advance EVs in the UK?

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With plans for all new build homes to include electric car chargers were revealed last week, Quadrant Smart looks at how this will encourage the push on electric vehicles.

Electric car chargers are to be built in all new build homes in England under laws set to be announced by the Prime Minister.

This will make England the first country in the world to introduce mandatory electric car charging points for new-build homes.

New office buildings are also set to be included in the plans, with buildings needing to provide charging infrastructure for every 5 parking spaces.

The plans hope to encourage the UK to switch to electric vehicles

The legislation, revealed by Transport Minister Rachel Maclean, will require the installation of EV charging points on all new properties and would be introduced alongside the UK’s Road to Zero – a proposal towards a 2030 ban on all new petrol and diesel cars.

The government said the move will see up to 145,000 charging points installed across the country each year.

In a previous statement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “I want to not only provide easy access to the tools that people need to feel confident about making the switch, but also to make sure that charge points are accessible, affordable, and recognisable.”

We have already committed £1.3 billion to accelerate the rollout of charging infrastructure up and down the country. And as we look forward to COP26 and beyond, our vision is that the UK is at the forefront of the zero-emission transport future, creating thousands of green jobs in the process.

The plans also come after the announcement of a new government app that allows UK drivers to see which electric vehicles would best suit their lifestyle.

A new, free app called EV8 Switch launched on World EV Day

Backed by £2.7 million of UK Space Agency funding, it calculates how much money UK drivers could save by switching to an EV compared to their current petrol or diesel vehicle, along with details on the carbon dioxide savings and air quality improvements they could achieve.

The app would also allow UK drivers to see where their nearest EV charging points are and which journeys can be completed without the need to change en-route, allowing for smoother, simpler travel.

Science Minister, Amanda Solloway told Quadrant Smart: “As we get ready to host the major UN climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow later this year, the UK is leading the way in using space to help us build back greener.”

With innovative government-backed projects such as this harnessing the power of space, making the switch to an electric vehicle will be easier than ever before, helping us take a giant leap towards our net-zero ambitions.

Accelerating the transition to electric vehicles is crucial to cutting emissions and keeping global warming to 1.5°C. The UK is creating the first step to making these changes with the introduction of EV charging points in new homes and is calling on all countries around the world to make bold commitments in these areas at COP26.

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