Housing developer Springfield Properties has announced that every new house it builds going forward will have all the infrastructure required for easy EV charge point installation.
The Scottish developer is making the cabling required for a 7kW charge point a standard feature for all new-build properties, with the infrastructure built into the most practical part of the home for EV charge point installation.
Home buyers will then have the easiest possible installation for an EV home charge point should they require one for their plug-in car – a situation that will become increasingly common as EV uptake increases.
The first development to benefit from this approach is a green initiative at Bertha Park, a 3,000 home project near Perth. The charge point infrastructure feature complements other existing approaches including the option to install solar panels, sustainable building materials, and the fitting of smart boilers.
Innes Smith, Chief Exec of Springfield Properties said: “The Scottish Government has pledged that by 2032 all new vehicles sold in this country will be electric, but we anticipate that the uptake will increase rapidly long before then.
“One of our values as a company, is to include everything a customer needs in their new home, so, with this is mind, we wanted to make it as easy as possible for our customers to go electric.
“At Springfield, exploring new ways to protect the environment has been a focus of ours for many years and installing the infrastructure for electric car charge points in our homes was the next logical step for our customers.”
Humza Yousaf, Scottish Government Minister for Transport, said: “This is a welcome announcement from Springfield Properties. The ability to charge electric vehicles at home helps reduce barriers to ownership.
“With Scotland already leading the way with sales of electric and alternative fuelled vehicles rising faster than the rest of the UK, this is another positive step by industry in support of our vision to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.”