Electric Vehicle Charging Points: A “Must Have” For New Eco Homes?

I was talking with a colleague recently about electric vehicles (EVs) and we were talking about their various pros and cons. In doing so we starting doing more research and I was surprised when I stumbled across the latest statistics for the uptake of such vehicles.

My jaw almost dropped to the floor when I discovered that 48,000 electric vehicles had been cumulatively registered by January 2016 and almost 30,000 of these were registered in 2015 alone! Whilst this is still only 1.7% of total UK car market, the 400% increase over the last two years in low or zero emission vehicles should not be sniffed at. Other than government grant money the involvement of top car manufacturers coming to market with a wide range of products has fuelled this growth and ongoing customer appetite.

It is entirely conceivable that by 2020 1 in every 10 vehicles sold in the UK will be electrically powered. This equates to around 200,000 vehicles sold in one year. In the next few years and into the 2020s our transport world could and likely will change considerably.

So then this got me thinking…Although there are over 9,000 electric charging point spread around the UK on motorway services the industrial parks the largest opportunity is for home charging points as cars are mostly kept at home overnight and can be charged whilst we are fast asleep, ready for the journey the next day.

With the cost of entry level charging points around the £200 +VAT mark and £700 grants available for their installation, how long will it take for this basic electric charging infrastructure to become part of new homes being built?

Of course the answer is a complex one and relies on the UKs ageing electricity network to be upgraded, but could we soon see more sustainable new home developments installing charging points as standard just like solar pv is now increasingly being integrated?

Whilst it may not quite be on Wimpy homes’ or Charles Churchs’ wish list, for more discerning niche developers this should surely be a strong consideration when building and marketing a new home to a certain type of ‘energy concious’ client.

I’ll be honest and say this latest research has piqued my interest and I look forward to following and being part of the industry’s progress.

To see more useful stats on UK electric vehicles visit http://www.nextgreencar.com/electric-cars/statistics/

Doug Johnson

Doug is a chartered mechanical engineer and has had the pleasure of being involved in the UK renewable sector since 2008. With wide-ranging operational and design experience in both the domestic and commercial sectors across a wide range of recognised technologies he hopes to be able to share his experience to help enlighten and save you hassle along the way.