Views are being invited on whether all new homes in England should be fitted with electric car chargepoints.

In a public consultation, the Department for Transport (DfT) is seeking views on proposals that would see all new residential buildings required to have electric vehicle chargepoints installed.

Non-residential buildings would have to include an electric vehicle chargepoint infrastructure, while a requirement for existing non-residential buildings to have electric vehicle chargepoints could also be introduced.

If adopted, the proposals would see England become the first country to introduce mandatory chargepoints in new homes, the DfT explains.

The proposals aim to support and encourage the growing uptake of electric vehicles within the UK, by ensuring that all new homes with a dedicated car parking space are built with an electric chargepoint, making charging easier, cheaper and more convenient for drivers.

Announcing the consultation, the then Transport Secretary Chris Grayling noted that 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,” he said.

It is proposed that the Building Regulations be amended to require every new residential building with an associated car parking space to have a chargepoint, with this requirement applying also to buildings undergoing a material change of use to create a dwelling.

Every residential building undergoing major renovation with more than 10 car parking spaces would have to have cable routes for electric vehicle chargepoints in each car parking space.

For new non-residential buildings and every non-residential building undergoing a major renovation with more than 10 car parking spaces, the requirement would be to have one chargepoint and cable routes for an electric vehicle chargepoint for one in five spaces.

The consultation is available at GOV.UK.

Responses must be submitted by 7 October 2019.

Last reviewed 13 August 2019