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New homes to have Electric Car Chargers by Law - what this means for you

December 14th, 2021

The Prime Minister has recently announced that new homes and buildings in England will be required by law to install electric vehicle charging points from the new year.

The government states that the move will see up to 145,000 charging points installed across the country each year. This review started as the UK aims to switch to electric cars, with the sale of new petrol and diesel car sales banned from 2030.

What is the law around EV chargers?

The change in the law seeks to influence and drive the switchover from traditional internal combustion engines to new, cleaner electric vehicles. It is hoped that electric charging vehicles will become as quick and easy as refuelling petrol and diesel vehicles.

Developing EV charging facilities and infrastructure to cater for rising demand is the UK's next big transport challenge. Currently, there are around 2,115 electric vehicle charging points around the World, but by 2027, it is estimated that this figure will increase to 30,758. Demand is going to surge as people make the switch to cleaner electric transport.

As well as new homes, new-build supermarkets, workplaces, and apartments will all have to conform and have an electric vehicle charging point installed.

New electric car sales in the UK

Sales of battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids

Source: Climate Change Committee

Along with the governments announcement on electric vehicle charging points, it has also been confirmed that £10M will fund a new hydrogen project at the UK's largest onshore wind farm near Glasgow.

Which types of cable do you need for your EV charger?

As with smartphones, laptops, and tablets, there are different charging cables available for different cars. When selecting a cable, you must first consider the power and amps. This is very important as the amperage will dictate how long it is going to take to charge the car's battery. Put simply, the higher the amps, the faster the car will charge.

What is the difference between 16 amp vs 32 amp Electric Vehicle charging cable?

Typical power outputs for UK public charging stations are set to 3.6kW and 7.2kW which correspond well with the 16 amp or 32 amp cable. You must ensure to select the type of cable that's specifically for your cars make and model.

If your car has an on-board charger with a charging capacity of 3.6kW and you use a 32 amp cable plugged into a 7.3kW outlet, the battery charging rate will not increase and the charging time will take just as long. 32 amp cables are often thicker and heavier and are more expensive, so that's another reason to make sure you pick the correct cable.

Every household plugs in the UK offer a maximum of 13 amps, which falls short of the required 16 or 32 amps. This means that it could take up to eight hours to fully charge a car battery when using a standard UK plug.

What are the different types of EV chargers?

Here at Superlec Direct, we stock a wide variety of EV chargers and accessories, with cable lengths to suit your needs. A selection of different EV chargers from our range are listed below:

Project EV Pro Earth 7.3kW 32A

Type: Pro Earth

  • Compact size
  • Full electrical protection
  • Easy to Install

Project EV Single Phase (32A) 10M Cable Type 2 > Type 2

Type: Single Phase

  • Power flows through a single connector
  • 32 AMP Rated Cable Flame Retardant
  • For use with 16 AMP and 32 AMP charging points

Rolec Wall pod: EV 7.2KW (32A) Type 2 Socket

Type: Wall pod

  • Built-in LED charging status indicator
  • IP65 weatherproof and UV stabilised
  • Corrosion resistant and fire retardant

Garo Standard Domestic Wall Charger, 7.4KW Fixed Lead Type 2

Type: Domestic Wall Charger

  • DC Monitoring, standard Type A RCBO
  • Motorised Interlock, prevention of the charger getting removed
  • PME fault detection

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