New houses in the UK must have electric car charging points

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On November 18, 2020, a charging cable was plugged into a Volvo electric car in London.

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According to the plan announced by the British authorities, new homes in England will be required to be equipped with charging points for electric vehicles

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a speech at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual meeting: “We are monitoring to require new houses and buildings to be equipped with charging points for electric vehicles. As a result of these regulations, 145,000 charging points will be installed. “

In the speech, Johnson talked about his own experience of driving an electric car. “I tried the first Tesla sold in this country for GQ,” he said. “It has expired on the M40 fast lane, and I regret to say that even though I think they are much better.”

In an announcement issued on Sunday before Johnson’s speech, the British government fleshed out the details of the plan.

In addition to requiring new homes, workplaces, and supermarkets to install electric vehicle charging points from 2022, the regulations will also apply to buildings undergoing major renovations.

The plan to expand charging points comes as the UK is trying to develop the necessary infrastructure to cope with its goal of halting the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars and trucks from 2030. It will also require that from 2035 onwards, all new cars and trucks must have zero exhaust emissions.

When it comes to challenging perceptions of range anxiety, adequate charging options are crucial. Range anxiety refers to the idea that electric vehicles cannot travel long distances without losing power and getting into trouble.

Those who responded to this week’s announcement included Mike Childs, Friends of the Earth’s policy chief.

Childs said: “The design of our houses and buildings should help to meet the challenges of the climate crisis, including charging stations, because electric vehicles play an important role in building a zero-carbon future.”

“Ministers must also introduce financial incentives, such as scrapping programs, to help encourage people to switch to cleaner vehicles,” Childs said, before adding that people need to be encouraged to reduce their use of cars.

He said: “The new housing should also include safe bicycle storage, safe bicycle lanes and high-quality public transportation to provide a real alternative to driving.”

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As people’s concerns about the environmental footprint of transportation intensify, major economies and companies are looking for ways to develop and launch low- and zero-emission vehicles on a large scale.

Earlier this month, the signatories of the COP26 climate change summit declaration stated that they will “work hard to achieve zero emissions in all sales of new cars and trucks worldwide by 2040, and zero emissions in major markets by 2035 at the latest.”

Although the United States, China, and automakers such as Volkswagen and Toyota did not participate in the declaration, the signatories did include the governments of the United Kingdom, India and Canada, as well as major automobile companies such as Ford, General Motors and Volvo Cars.


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