The charging cable is connected to a Volvo electric car in London on November 18, 2020.
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According to plans announced by the UK authorities, new homes in England will have to have charging points for electric vehicles.
“We are regulating regulations requiring new homes and buildings to have charging points for electric vehicles, and another 145,000 charging points must be installed thanks to these regulations,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said during a speech at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference.
In his speech, Johnson touched upon his own experience of driving electric vehicles. “I tried the first Tesla put up for sale in this country for GQ,” he said. “Unfortunately it expired on the fast lane of the M40, although I think they’ve gotten a lot better.”
In an announcement released Sunday ahead of Johnson’s announcement, the UK government detailed the details of its plan.
Along with new homes and buildings such as workplaces and supermarkets that are required to establish charging points for electric vehicles from 2022, the rules will also apply to buildings undergoing major renovations.
The plan to expand charging points comes as the UK is trying to build the necessary infrastructure to meet its goal of ending sales of new diesel and gasoline cars and vans from 2030. In addition, from 2035, all new cars and vans will be required to have zero tailpipe emissions.
Adequate charging options will be critical when it comes to complex perceptions of range anxiety, a term that refers to the idea that electric vehicles cannot make long journeys without losing power and getting stuck.
Among those who reacted to this week’s announcement was Friends of the Earth policy chief Mike Childs.
“Our homes and buildings must be designed to help tackle the climate crisis, including charging points, as electric vehicles have an important role to play in building a zero-carbon future,” Childs said.
“Ministers should also introduce financial incentives such as a scrappage scheme to encourage people to switch to cleaner cars,” Childs said, before adding that people should be encouraged to use their cars less.
“New housing must also include safe bike storage and access to safe bike routes and quality public transportation to provide viable alternatives to driving,” he said.
As concerns about the environmental impact of transport grow, leading countries and companies are looking for ways to design and mass-produce low- and zero-emission vehicles.
Earlier this month, the signatories at the COP26 Climate Change Summit said they “will work to ensure that all new car and van sales are zero-emission worldwide by 2040, and no later than 2035 by leading markets “.
While the United States, China and automakers including Volkswagen and Toyota were not featured in the declaration, it was signed by the governments of the UK, India and Canada, as well as major auto companies such as Ford, General Motors and Volvo Cars.