Are building regulations the ticket to fast-tracking EV installations?
In a sign of the rapidly changing times for the automotive industry, the UK has introduced building regulations that will enforce new buildings from 2022 – both commercial and some residential – to install electric car chargers for the construction to be compliant.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will outline an addition to the country’s building regulations later today, which will call for new homes and non-residential properties such as supermarkets and workplaces – as well as substantially refurbished properties with more than 10 parking spaces – to install EV chargers.
The government says this change will lead to the installation of up to 145,000 EV chargers across England each year, building on the “over 250,000” home and workplace chargers it has supported so far.
It added: “With the majority of charging happening at home, this will mean people can buy new properties already ready for an electric vehicle future, while ensuring charge points are readily available at new shops and workplaces across the UK – making it as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car today.”
As the UK’s 2030 ban on new non-electrified cars approaches, the government is investing in EV infrastructure to encourage adoption of pure-electric vehicles. Alongside the new building rules, it will also usher in “simpler ways to pay” for EV charging, including contactless, at “all new fast and rapid charge points”.
Boris Johnson said during a speech at the CBI (Confederation of British Industry): “This is a pivotal moment – we cannot go on as we are. We have to adapt our economy to the green industrial revolution.
“We have to use our massive investment in science and technology and we have to raise our productivity and then we have to get out your way.
“We must regulate less or better and take advantage of new freedoms.”