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UK to introduce mandatory installation of EV chargepoints for all new homes

Mon 15 July 2019 | Back to news list

The Government has published proposals that would implement a requirement for all new homes to be fitted with electric vehicle chargepoints and a call for evidence on the longer-term options for smart charging. In a raft of announcements to support the uptake of EVs, the Government has also promised that all public rapid chargers will be credit/debit card friendly by Spring 2020. Company Car BIK tax rates have also been confirmed with benefits for EV drivers.

The proposals aim to support and encourage the growing uptake of electric vehicles in the UK by ensuring that all new homes with a dedicated car parking space are built with an electric chargepoint.

The Government says that the legislation would be a world first, and complements wider investment and measures put in place to ensure the UK has one of the best electric vehicle infrastructure networks in the world – as part of the £1.5 billion Road to Zero Strategy.

The Government has also set out that it wants to see all newly installed rapid and higher-powered chargepoints provide debit or credit card payment by Spring 2020.

In addition, the Government will be consulting on requirements that all new private chargepoints use ‘smart’ technology.

This means an electric vehicle would charge at different times of the day in response to signals, such as electricity tariff information. This would encourage off-peak charging, keeping costs down for consumers. (Note: the LowCVP-facilitated EV Energy Taskforce is working on many of the technical details in this area.)

The consultation proposes using powers under the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act to require most new chargepoints to have smart functionality and meet minimum standards. It also launches a call for evidence on the longer-term options for smart charging.

In a related development: The Government has announced that company car users who drive an electric car will not have to pay any Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax during the next financial year, after the Treasury reviewed tax rules.

The change follows the introduction of the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) emissions regulations. Because BiK rates are based on CO2 outputs, and WLTP sees higher on-paper emissions recorded, company car users faced a potentially significant hike in the BiK rates they faced. 

To offset that rise, the Treasury has replaced previously published BiK rates for the 2020/21 financial year with new tables that see most BiK percentage bands reduced by two points.

Electric cars were due to get a two per cent BiK rate in 2020/21, so the changes will mean drivers choosing an EV as their company car will pay no Benefit-in-Kind rate whatsoever for that financial year. The tax exemption applies to EVs registered from 6 April 2020, and those registered before that date.

Any plug-in hybrid capable of travelling for 130 miles or more on battery power and with emissions below 50g/km will also escape the tax – though no PHEV currently on the market has that range. The BiK rate for EVs and plus-150-mile PHEVs will rise to one per cent in FY 20201/22, and two per cent in FY 2022/23. (See Auto Express news link.)

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