National housing provider Stonewater has unveiled plans to support the rollout of electric vehicle (EV) charging points and infrastructure across its new-build and existing housing developments.
With new petrol and diesel car sales banned from 2030, Stonewater has been working on a new policy to facilitate the transition to electric cars. In conjunction with the government’s announcement in November that new homes will be required by law to install EV charging points, Stonewater has already begun installing the infrastructure needed at each car parking space on any new developments. Moving forward, this will make it easier for the organisation to fit the charging points as and when they are needed by customers.
In addition, the housing association has gone one step further to co-design an approach that also considers the needs of its existing customers and their homes.
“With the upcoming regulation changes, how we best support our customers in the switch to electric cars has been a core focus for various areas of the organisation,” said Emily Batchford, Environmental Sustainability Officer at Stonewater.
“This new approach facilitates existing customers to install safe and compliant EV charging points on their driveways as well as outlines our approach to retrofitting the infrastructure in communal car parks.”
A working group featuring 18 colleagues from across Stonewater’s homes, development and customer experience teams collaborated on the approach approved by the organisation’s board in December last year.
The housing association, which currently manages around 34,500 homes, is now working on a framework to begin procuring a third-party EV charging provider that can oversee the management and installations across its schemes.
“We’re currently leading a significant house-building programme at Stonewater, whereby we’re aiming to build a minimum of 1,500 new homes a year from 2022/23. However, providing much needed new homes includes ensuring they are designed to help meet the challenges of the climate crisis,” said Martin Fox, Head of Development (North) at Stonewater.
“Since April last year, we’ve adopted a policy of ensuring any new homes built, where we’re the developer, are done so without fossil fuel heating, to remove all fossil fuel heating from our developments by 2040.
“In addition to how we heat our homes, transport is also one of the biggest contributors to global carbon emissions, with road travel accounting for nearly three-quarters of this total. EVs, therefore, have a significant role to play in building a zero-carbon future and this policy goes a long way in making it a more feasible and practical choice for more of our customers, sooner.”