Pending UK legislation will require new buildings to have smart EV charging stations

If a pending UK legislation becomes law then all new home construction will have to include EV charging installations. This includes new office buildings as well. If the new legislation passes then they will need to provide charging infrastructure per every five parking spaces. Besides that the UK government wants it to be smart.

An online consultation was launched in 2019 when the British government first laid out the plans. Department for Transport Minister Rachel Maclean, when putting the law back on the agenda again this week, said the UK government intended to lay legislation later this year. The new law would take hold starting in 2022.

All new residential and non-residential buildings would then have to include infrastructure requirements for electric vehicle charge points so that these may be added at any point. Existing non-residential buildings would be required to install electric vehicle charge points. The DfT expects this to accelerate the rate of installations from around 500 charging point installations per month up to around 700. 

Minister MacLean also confirmed the government’s intention to mandate that home and workplace electric vehicle chargers must be capable of “smart charging”.

However, the final response to the consultation and, therefore, the likely legislation has yet to be published.

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