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EU proposes all parking in new buildings to be wired for EV charging

The EU commission has proposed introducing new requirements for all new parking spaces at home and work to be pre-wired for electric car charges.

The proposed new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) would see pre-cabling for the installation of private chargers required in new buildings and buildings undergoing extensive renovations.

However, Transport & Environment (T&E) cautioned against leaving behind the vast majority of motorists who live and work in existing buildings, where there will be no requirement.

New and renovated non-residential buildings, such as offices and shops, would also have to be equipped with a minimum number of installed charging points.

And, for the first time, drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) would have the right to install a charger – at their own cost, if necessary – whenever they purchase or lease an EV in Europe. 

Fabian Sperka, vehicles policy manager at T&E, said: "If we expect drivers to go electric then we must remove the barriers to charging where most of it happens, at home and work. Requiring pre-cabling in new builds or major renovations only limits the charging roll-out to the tiny share of building stock that is constructed every year. Just 1% of existing buildings are renovated extensively annually.”

T&E said drivers and companies sometimes have to wait up to a year to have a charger installed. 

It said the EU proposals for a ‘right to plug’ – to give drivers a legal basis for installing a charger quickly wherever they live – could help cut through administrative procedures in member states, but it would need to be made more concrete.

There should be a maximum time that drivers need to wait between requesting permission for and then installing a private charge point.

MEPs and EU governments will now debate the proposal before deciding on the final directive that will become law.

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