All new homes in England are set to be fitted with an electric car chargepoint under Government plans to support low-emission drivers and encourage the take-up of electric vehicles.
The Department for Transport's public consultation on changing building regulations in England opens this week - with a view to making it compulsory for new homes to have the chargepoints.
It means drivers with a dedicated car parking space will have their own device, allowing them to recharge in a similar way to a mobile phone.
This can be anything from 30 minutes to up to 12 hours depending on the size of a vehicle's battery and the speed of the charging point.
The average vehicle will charge in just under 8 hours with a 7kW charging point.
According to electric car charging provider, Pod Point, motorists stand to save around £1,000 a year in fuel costs with a home charging point compared to those who rely on public charging facilities.
The announcement comes just months after Tesco and Volkswagen teamed up to launch the UK’s largest retail electric vehicle charging network - bringing 2,500 free electric car chargepoints to fuel stations across the UK by December 2019.
Under the scheme, customers will be able to charge their electric cars using a standard 7kW fast charger for free, or use the rapid 50kW charger at the market rate.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "With record levels of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads, it is clear there is an appetite for cleaner, greener transport.
"Home charging provides the most convenient and low-cost option for consumers – you can simply plug your car in to charge overnight as you would a mobile phone."
The Government has already taken steps to ensure that existing homes are electric-vehicle-ready by providing up to £500 off the costs of installing a chargepoint at home.
The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (often referred to as the OLEV grant ) offers drivers a discount on the cost of buying and installing an EV device at home.
To get a discount, homeowners must apply through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, and will qualify if they have off-street parking and use an OLEV-approved chargepoint provider.
The Government has also announced that it is consulting on requirements that all new private chargepoints use ‘smart’ technology.
This means an electric vehicle would charge at different times of the day in response to signals, such as electricity tariff information. This would encourage off-peak charging, keeping costs down for consumers.
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