According to plans made by officials in the United Kingdom, new residences in England will be needed to control charging stations for electric vehicles. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced during an address at Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference that “we’re legislating so that new homes and buildings must have EV charging stations, with further 145,000 charging points to be erected as a result of these regulations.”
Johnson spoke about his own experiences driving electric vehicles throughout his address. He told GQ, “I tested the first Tesla on sale in this country.” “It died on the M40’s fast lane, I’m afraid, though I believe they’ve become a lot better.” The UK government filled out elements of the proposal in an announcement, before Johnson’s speech. From 2022, new residences and structures, such as offices and supermarkets, will be obliged to incorporate EV charging stations, and the guidelines will also apply to facilities that are undergoing major renovations.
The plan to increase charge sites comes as the United Kingdom works to build the infrastructure needed to meet its goal of ending the supply of new diesel and gasoline cars and vans by 2030. It would also mandate that all new automobiles and vans have zero tailpipe emissions by 2035.
When it comes to dispelling myths about range anxiety, which refers to the belief that electric vehicles can’t travel great distances without running out of power and becoming stuck, adequate charging choices will be critical. Mike Childs, the head of policy at Friends of the Earth, was among several who reacted to the announcement.
“Our houses and buildings should be constructed to assist tackle the difficulties of the climate crisis, especially charging connections,” Childs added, “since electric vehicles have a vital role to play in constructing a zero-carbon future.”
“Ministers must also create financial incentives, like a scrappage plan, to assist encourage people to move to cleaner vehicles,” Childs added, before going on to say that people should be urged to drive less. “To provide meaningful alternatives to driving, new housing should also feature secure bike storage and availability of safe cycling routes plus high-quality public transportation,” he said.
Several major automakers, like Jaguar and Volvo, intends to go all-electric between 2025 and 2030. For Ford, by 2030 it wants all cars sold in Europe would be electric. Renault-Nissan, Volkswagen, Toyota, and Hyundai-Kia, four of the world’s largest carmakers, did not sign a COP 26 conference vow to only offer zero-emission vehicles and vans by 2035. Electric vehicle sales in the United Kingdom are increasing, with roughly 10% of vehicles sold in the year 2020 being electric. This is up from about 2.5 percent in 2018.