All new homes and blocks of flats could be required to have electric car charging points installed as part of a £400million scheme to boost the use of battery-powered vehicles.
Under plans to be unveiled by the Government today, new lampposts on roads with on-street parking will also have built-in charging points.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling claims the proposals are the most significant for road transport since the invention of the petrol car in 1886, and will ensure drivers of electric cars ‘find it easier to recharge their vehicles than motorists today who have to visit a filling station’.
All new homes and blocks of flats could be required to have electric car charging points installed as part of a £400million scheme to boost the use of battery-powered vehicles
In a speech on his ‘Road to Zero’ strategy today – which has already seen a commitment to end all sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 – Mr Grayling is due to say: ‘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 an economy fit for the future and the chance to win a substantial slice of a market estimated to be worth up to £7.6trillion by 2050.’
Experts at the Berkshire-based Transport Research Laboratory have estimated that 300,000 electric vehicles will be on the roads by 2020, which is predicted to climb to 12million by 2040.
The Government’s proposals could put hundreds of thousands of new charging points on British streets.
Under plans to be unveiled by the Government today, new lampposts on roads with on-street parking will also have built-in charging points
The £400million investment fund – half of which will come from the Government and the rest from private investors – includes a £40million programme to develop low-cost wireless charging technology which will allow drivers to power up batteries without having to plug them in.
Edmund King, president of the AA, said: ‘Charging infrastructure is going to play a vital role in converting drivers away from traditional combustion engines and into electric vehicles.
‘Some 27 per cent of drivers in the UK and 52 per cent in London don’t have the luxury of a driveway or garage for a charging point. These proposals are a step in the right direction, but there is still much to do to wean drivers off petrol and diesel cars.’