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Electric vehicle charging points could be compulsory in new homes

Plans to make it easier to recharge electric vehicles rather than refuel models with diesel or petrol will be announced today by the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling.

Mr Grayling will reveal proposals which could see the installation of hundreds of thousands more charge points for electric vehicles in a bid to encourage more people to adopt low-emission vehicles.

The Government’s Road to Zero Strategy includes more money to fund charging infrastructure and the need to assess whether charge points should be installed as standard in new offices and homes.

The strategy further calls for new street UK street lighting columns with on-street parking available to also have charging points.

Speaking of the Government’s plans to boost take-up of the technology, Mr Grayling will state: “The Road to Zero Strategy, combined with the measures we’ve already introduced, will mean Britain now has one of the most comprehensive support packages for zero-emission vehicles in the world.

“We want the UK to become the best country in the world in which to develop and manufacture zero-emission vehicles.

“The prize is not just a cleaner and healthier environment but a UK economy fit for the future and the chance to win a substantial slice of a market estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion by 2050.”