‘That’s the way we’re heading’: Electric car chargers may soon be standard for new houses

‘That’s the way we’re heading’: Electric car chargers may soon be standard for new houses

If pending UK legislation becomes law, all new housing developments will include charging installations for electric vehicles. Rachel Maclean MP, former transport secretary, introduced the legislation onto the agenda and said she hoped it would be worked on this year.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “We’re about 50 percent reserved now, and a few of them have electric vehicles so that is fantastic for them.

“The rest of them have said they’re going to get an electric car next.

“So we’ve definitely seen that switch. So what we’ve done is made every single parking spot electric charging capable.

“Not like one big charging station, literally every single bay will have that capability, because that’s the future, that’s the way we’re heading in.”

Mr Tema said it was a huge advantage for customers that every space would have an electric charging space, as to remove any issues about people not being able to charge.

Soon, it is hoped that potential homeowners will see an EV charger as a crucial amenity, much like a dishwasher or a tumble dryer.

The Broadwater House development will use BP Chargemasters, one of the biggest and most common EV chargers in the UK.

It will also include extensive bike storage facilities, as more people look for alternative ways to travel.

Mr Tema continued, saying: “If I was looking for a place and I had an electric car, I would be very interested in a multi-unit block if it had an electric charger.

“Some blocks in London might have had two or three chargers, but in the last few years it’s just grown.

“I’m a massive petrolhead, but the chargers make the transition easier, and I own one (EV) as well.

“The more and more electrics are adopted, a way to encourage that shift would be to include these kinds of measures.

“It’s also great for the environment. You don’t want all that smoke, combustion engine pollution near you in a car park.

“If every new build did this, imagine how clean the streets would be.”

Published at Sun, 17 Oct 2021 03:00:00 +0000