On 22 November 2021, the Department for Transport (DfT) published the government response to its July 2019 consultation and confirmed it would introduce new requirements for installing electric vehicle (EV) charge points in new buildings in England.

Proposed regulations

The government will lay implementing regulations in 2021, which will require:

  • new homes with on-site parking to have an EV charging point
  • residential buildings undergoing major renovation that will have over 10 on-site parking spaces after renovation to have at least one charge point for each dwelling with associated parking and cable routes in all spaces without charge points
  • new non-residential buildings with over 10 on-site parking spaces to have at least one charge point and cable routes for one in five spaces
  • non-residential buildings undergoing major renovation that will have over 10 on-site parking spaces after renovation to have at least one charge point and cables routes for one in five spaces.

The government will not introduce the consultation proposal for one charge point to be required in all existing non-residential properties with more than 20 parking spaces.

Separately, Highways England announced plans to invest around £11 million in energy storage systems at service stations where grid constraints currently make it difficult to install rapid charging infrastructure.

The government had consulted in July 2019 and published its response to its related consultation on smart charging in July 2021.