What comes to your mind when buying a new home? Or even renting a new home? Location is definitely important. Do you want to be in the city or in the country? Near airports where there is constantly noise from air traffic? Maybe just off the Interstate so you can have quick access?
Also, what type of home do you want to have? A traditional brick house? A cob cottage? Either way, everyone knows there is a lot that goes into buying a house.
Perhaps you are on the lookout for a home that has an electric car charging post already installed. When it comes to this idea, England is making it easier for owners of EVs as well as future EV owners by introducing a mandatory electric car charging point for each newly built home.
This means that every brand new home, by law, will have to have a charging port for your electric vehicle — even if you don’t yet own one.
This would make it easier on both fully electric and plug-in hybrid owners in England who use the government’s home charger subsidy, which has funded the installation of almost 100,000 wall boxes, as home chargers are commonly called.
Why Is England Doing This?
In 2018, the government of England published The Road to Zero: Next steps towards cleaner road transport and delivering our Industrial Strategy. Research published in that document shows that in 2017, over 8.1 million used cars were sold in the UK. Of those, over 10,000 were zero-emission cars. This was a 77% increase from 2016.
This shows that consumers want to go emission free, and are increasingly doing so. The graph below reflects other research that shows that most of the vehicles on UK roads and highways in 2017 were gas or diesel-fueled.
In the Forward written by the Secretary of Transport, Rt Hon. Chris Grayling, he states that in the previous year the government set out a “bold and integrated Industrial Strategy” that was designed to create a “high-growth, high productivity green economy across the UK.”
It would be an economy ready for the 21st century and a huge part of this is a plan for solving the problem of roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations. The goal is to cut exposure to air pollutants, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve the UK’s energy security.
One of these polices states that they will support the development of one of the best electric vehicle infrastructure networks in the world. They list several ways they are going to do this, including:
“Ensuring the houses we build in the coming years are electric vehicle ready. It is our intention that all new homes, where appropriate, should have a charge point available. We plan to consult as soon as possible on introducing a requirement for charge point infrastructure for new dwellings in England where appropriate.”
The UK knows that range extended electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and fully electric vehicles are among the cleanest vehicles on the market and will bring about significant environmental benefits.
The UK wants to be at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission vehicles, and for all of its new vehicles to be effectively zero-emission by 2040. The government detailed in its NO2 plan that it hopes to end the sale of new fossil fuel powered cars and vans by 2040. It also hopes that by 2050 every car and van will produce zero emissions.