The measures are being brought in to address serious concerns around the lack of infrastructure which is preventing people from adopting electric technology.
The news that the installation of electric charge points will be legally required is somewhat inevitable, given battery electric cars account for roughly 10% of new car sales in the UK and plug-in hybrids make up around 7%.
A further requirement will be the need for them to be smart chargers. This will help smooth power use through overnight charging and will avoid overloading the power grid. The move aims to drastically increase the rate at which charge points are being built so the Government can hit its 2030 target for banning sales of new petrol and diesel cars.
Yesterday ministers admitted only around 500 plug-in points are being installed every month – way below the 700 a day industry bodies say are needed.
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