Mandatory Electric Vehicle Charging Points For New Builds

Posted on 12 July 2018 by CarTakeBack

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Continuing the Government's push to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to 20% of the levels reached in 1990, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced proposals to make recharging electric vehicles easier.

The proposals include electric vehicle charging points being installed at all new-build houses and offices that have car parking or face a road. All street lights that are situated by on-street parking are also to have charge points, where appropriate.

Mr Grayling said these proposed measures would give the UK "one of the most comprehensive support packages for zero-emission vehicles in the world".

Electric Car being charged on the street.

The first half of 2018 saw only 5.5% of the UK's new car market being electric vehicles, so the proposals could certainly help the uptake of electric vehicles in the country, which the RAC Foundation says is currently hampered by a lack of charging points.

This is all part of the Government's wider Road to Zero strategy, which includes their decision on what cars will be allowed to be sold after 2040. Some people are arguing that hybrid cars should still be in production by 2040, whereas others feel that would be much too small of a step, and all combustion fuelled cars should have ceased manufacture in twenty years' time.

Where do you stand on the argument? What do you think is the best route to take?

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