Next year, a new law will mean all new buildings in England must install an electric vehicle charging point.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce the move at the CBI annual conference, and the law will result in up to 145,000 new charging points installed each year.
In addition to new houses, all new-build supermarkets and offices will be required to install charging points and any building undergoing significant renovations.
The new law coincides with a widespread shift to electric vehicles, with the sale of new petrol and diesel cars banned from 2030.
Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry conference, the Prime Minister will say:
“This is a pivotal moment - we cannot go on as we are.
“We have to adapt our economy to the green industrial revolution.”
However, responding to the announcement, Labour says the law will not address the geographical divide in the availability of charging points. saying:
“London and the South East have more public car charging points than the rest of England and Wales combined. Yet there is nothing here to help address this.
“Nor is there help so lower and middle income families can afford electric vehicles or the investment required to build the gigafactories we need.”
According to the government, the new laws will make it as easy to charge an electric vehicle as it is to refuel a petrol or diesel car today.
Along with the requirement to install new chargers, the law will also introduce “simpler ways to pay” using contactless payments at all new fast and rapid charge points.
As things stand, the UK has around 25,000 charging points, but a forecast from the Competition and Markets Authority found that the country could need 250,000 points by 2030.
Switching to electric vehicles forms part of the UK strategy to achieve climate change targets. Internal combustion engines in cars and taxis currently account for 16% of UK emissions.
Several car manufacturers have already announced their intention to go all-electric from 2025, including Jaguar and Volvo. Ford has committed to making all of its vehicles sold across Europe electric by 2030.
Around 1 in 10 cars sold in 2020 were electric in the UK, up from 1 in 40 only two years earlier.
Welcoming the announcement by the Prime Minister on investment to the electric vehicle charging network, Edmund King, AA president, said:
“With the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars getting ever closer, it is essential that we gear up now to ensure that we future-proof our homes and buildings for the EV revolution.
“The majority of EV drivers in the future will do most of their charging at home, so it is essential that new homes are equipped to help this transition. For those without off-street parking, it is also crucial that we see more charging posts on-street, and in offices and supermarkets.
“It will also be helpful to ensure all fast and rapid chargers provide contactless payments so that EV drivers in the future won’t help a phone full of apps and a wallet or purse full of cards just to get a charge.
“The prospects for the EV revolution are looking good with better and more affordable cars coming to the market with increased range and a more reliable charging infrastructure being developed. All this should help bring power to electric drivers.”