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Almost half of all UK homes unsuitable for electric car chargers – 'isn't a viable option'


New research from Lloyds Bank shows that only 56 percent of British homes can currently support electric car charging points. From 2030 no new petrol or diesel cars will be sold in the UK but more than two-fifths (44 percent) of UK homes are unsuitable for electric vehicle ownership.

For those without garages, driveways or dedicated parking may see themselves excluded from making the transition to sustainability and electric vehicles.

Lloyds Bank mortgage data shows that around 30 percent of people applying for a mortgage do not have a garage or space for a car.  

The Government recently brought in new laws for housebuilders which require them to ensure any new-build homes, workplaces and supermarkets have an electric charging point installed.

Despite this, the data suggests that many people will remain unable to charge an electric vehicle at their place of residence.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, therefore, homeowners with a private driveway are the most positive about their homes’ suitability for a greener vehicle, with over half (55 percent) confident they would be able to make provision to charge an electric car.

Nick Williams, transport director at Lloyds Bank, said the data highlights the need for a targeted rollout of public chargers to areas which may be left behind.

He added: “The growth we have seen in electric vehicle registrations is encouraging but, with many in the UK living in properties where installing a home charging port isn’t a viable option, having a reliable charging infrastructure is absolutely vital for the UK’s transition to net zero.

“The Government has made positive steps by ensuring new build homes are fully equipped to have charging facilities, but many will have to continue to rely on charging an electric vehicle somewhere other than at home. 

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“This means there remains a need for focused investment in public charging points in residential  – and particularly rural – areas.

“We’ll only make real progress in becoming a nation of sustainable drivers if we don’t leave anyone behind – no matter where they live in the country or their home set-up.”

Over the last 12 months, the UK has seen battery electric vehicle registrations increase by an impressive 38 percent.

Based on Zap-Map data, there are estimated to be around 400,000 charge points installed at homes or at workplace locations.

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At the end of November 2022, there were 36,752 public electric vehicle charging points across the UK, across 21,906 charging locations. 

This represents a 33 percent increase in the number of charging devices since November 2021.

Given the cost of living crisis, many are also hesitant to invest in a home charger as the hardware and installation costs comes at an average of £1,000.

From today, new rules will be introduced to help electric car drivers charge their vehicles at home. 

The latest Schedule 1: Security compliance regulations are being applied, following on from the Electric Vehicles (Smart Charge Points) Regulations that came into force in June 2022. 

These new regulations and requirements aim to cover cybersecurity and tamper-protection of home charging devices.

It aims to ensure that any charge point should provide appropriate protection to the electricity system, the relevant charge point and the personal data of the owner.

Any installers wishing to fit non-compliant EV chargers from December 31, 2022, will have to seek prior approval from the Office for Product Safety and Standards. People also need to ensure that the charge point has a unique passport and is not set by owner, in a bid to protect people’s personal information.




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