As of yesterday, most new homes are now required to have electric car chargers fitted. As a result, award-winning EV smart charger provider Ohme has seen a big increase in demand from housing developers and building companies to fit new charge points.
Due to the change in building regulation requirements, the majority of new residential developments, workplaces and supermarkets are now required by law to have electric vehicle charging points installed. The change also includes residential buildings undergoing major renovations that have more than ten parking spaces.
This new legislation, which came into force on 15th June 2022, is another jigsaw piece in the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions by encouraging more people to switch to electric cars by adding an extra 145,000 charging points each year and preparing the UK for the ban on sales of petrol and diesel vehicles that is supposed to come into effect in 2030.
Ohme CEO David Watson, says:
“We welcome the plans to encourage drivers towards electrified motoring in all its forms by enabling increased access to EV charging points for all homeowners. Over the past six months, even before this new legislation arrived, our enquiry levels from developers have more than doubled and we can see that building companies have embraced these new regulations. Developers are already seeking out smarter chargers such as ours as an active selling point for buyers.”
Ohme’s smart chargers are able to connect to the national grid in real time and automatically adjust its charging so that drivers can take advantage of low price charging times of the day with smart electricity tariffs. This means that drivers of EVs could potentially run their car for under £100 a year by smart charging their EV with an Ohme charger when compared to charging their vehicles at standard electricity rates.
Ohme is also currently the only operator that is able to offer drivers the option to charge their EV when renewable energy generation on the grid is at its highest, lowering their CO2 impact further and in so doing, helping developers and building companies meet corporate sustainability targets.
National House Building Council’s Head of Standards, Innovation and Research, Richard Smith, commented:
“We support the government’s proposals for more sustainable homes. The journey to net zero carbon will have significant implications for housebuilders, planners and architects. Ensuring the right electric vehicle infrastructure, including easy access to charge points is key. Our own NHBC Foundation research has shown that the UK needs more than 4 million electric vehicle charge points by 2030, from a figure of around only 180,000 just two years ago.”
There has been an increase of 25 per cent of new home registrations in 2021 compared with 2020, according to the NHBC, with growth in 11 out of 12 UK regions. So far this year, sales of fully-electric vehicles have increased 71.2 per cent compared with last year, with a 15-fold increase in the choice of electric vehicle models available to consumers, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
For more information on Ohme and their smart EV chargers, please visit: www.ohme-ev.com.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Ohme