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UK to require charging stations for electric vehicles in new buildings

A man runs past a BP (British Petroleum) EV (Electric Vehicle) charge point in London, Britain, January 30, 2021. Picture taken January 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON, Nov.21 (Reuters) – Charging stations for electric vehicles will have to be installed in new buildings in Britain from next year under new legislation to be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his office said in a statement on Sunday.

He said the regulations would see up to 145,000 additional charging points installed in England each year by 2030, when the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars will end in Britain.

The requirement will apply to new homes and non-residential buildings such as offices and supermarkets. It will also apply to buildings undergoing heavy renovation which leave them more than 10 parking spaces.

Johnson was expected to announce the new legislation in a speech on Monday at the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference.

Speeding up infrastructure investments to ease the transition to electric vehicles was one element of a broad national Net Zero strategy document released by the UK government last month. Read more

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