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.