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Following the COP26 Climate Change Summit, Boris Johnson has announced that electric car chargers are to be required on all new buildings from 2022. This means that charging points will be mandatory in new homes, supermarkets, and workplaces built in 2022 and beyond.

Around 145,000 new charging points will be installed per year under this legislation – a huge increase on the 25,000 charging points that are currently installed in the UK. As electric car sales continue to rise by 70% each year, this is a welcomed change to satisfy demand.

Currently, the allure of electric cars lies in their cost efficiency and lower carbon footprint, but many are dissuaded by the lack of charging points available and the cost of installing a charging point in their home. This legislation aims to encourage more people to make the switch their high-polluting vehicle for an electric alternative.

It comes as part of the government’s plans to ban new sales of petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030 and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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