New homes and businesses will be legally required to have electric vehicle charging points from next year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce.
The move would introduce an extra 1.2 million EV charging points by 2030, when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK.
“This is a pivotal moment – we cannot go on as we are. We have to adapt our economy to the green industrial revolution,” the PM is expected to say.
The new legislation will also cover buildings undergoing ‘major refurbishment’.
There is already 300,000 private charge points in the country, meaning by 2030 only 5.2% of the UK’s household will have access to a charging point, even with these new steps.
Labour has hit back at the announcement saying that it didn’t make up for the “appalling divide in charging points between north and south”.
Of the UK’s 27,000 public charging points nearly 52% of them are based in the south of England, with only 1,800 points in the Northwest.
Today’s announcement is part of a string of measures the Government aim to put into place over the next decade to reach its 2050 net zero emissions target.
These include the whole UK being powered by ‘clean energy’ by 2035; a cash scheme for home to replace gas boilers with heat pumps and banning the sale of tradition house coal and wet wood.
Boris Johnson is set to address the CBI annual conference later today.