New homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install EV charge points from next year.
Under new legislation announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today, up to 145,000 extra charge points will be installed across England each year due to these regulations.
As well as new homes and non-residential buildings, those undergoing largescale renovations which leaves them with more than 10 parking spaces will also need to install EV charge points.
In a speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to say: “This is a pivotal moment – we cannot go on as we are. We have to adapt our economy to the green industrial revolution.”
The Government has also promised nearly £10m in funding for a first-of-a-kind new hydrogen project in the UK’s largest onshore windfarm near Glasgow.
A total of £9.4 million will be invested into the Whitelee green hydrogen project to develop the UK’s largest electrolyser, a system which converts water into hydrogen gas as a way to store energy and supply local transport providers with zero-carbon fuel.
Developed by ITM Power and BOC, with ScottishPower, it has the potential to store and produce the equivalent of enough green hydrogen to fuel over 200 bus journeys travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh each day.
The Government has also announced that following a successful pilot with businesses, Innovate UK will deliver a new three-year programme of £150m in new flexible and affordable Innovation Loans to help British SMEs commercialise their latest R&D innovations.
For example, NanoSun – a company based in Lancaster – is helping develop and manufacture hydrogen refuelling products for customers in the oil and gas and transport sectors thanks to this funding.