In 2017 the Government announced plans to ban all new petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution. Following this, the Government has just announced that in order to cut emissions further all new homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric vehicle charging points.
Further details of a sales ban relating to conventional diesel and petrol vehicles by the year 2040 are also expected to be set out.
Dirty vehicle charging zones
The government's overall target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by at least 80% of the 1990 levels by 2050.
In order to assist councils tackle emissions, ministers have unveiled a £255m fund, allocated to aid a charging infrastructure where there will be potential for charging zones to be introduced for the dirtiest vehicles.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced proposals that aim to make recharging electric vehicles much easier than refuelling petrol or diesel cars. The proposals will include the need to assess whether new homes and offices require charging points to be installed as standard.
Mr Grayling said that “these proposed measures would ensure that the UK would have one of the most comprehensive support packages for zero-emission vehicles in the world. The prize is not just a cleaner and healthier environment but a UK economy fit for the future and the chance to win a substantial slice of a market estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion by 2050".
Street lights to include charge points
Mr Grayling also proposes, where there is on-street parking new street light columns should also be fitted with charging points where appropriate, making it easier for more people to recharge their vehicles.
Demand for electric vehicle points increase
It was recently reported that in the first six months of 2018 electric vehicles made up 5.5% of the UK's new car market. This compares with 4.3% from the same period in 2017.
The increase in electric vehicles will only get higher, and with this in mind coupled with Government proposals above, this is great news for any electrician looking to add EV car charging point installation as an additional revenue stream.
We are pleased to announced that we have recently partnered with Rolec and are now offering three electric vehicle charging point courses:
New Blue: Domestic EV Car Charging Point Installers Package (22 day course) – designed for new entrants who want to carry out both domestic installations and offer a standalone domestic car charging point installation service. The package includes the Bronze Domestic Installer course together with the C&G 2919-02 domestic car charging point installation course. The new 18th Edition course is also included in this package.
C&G 2919-01 Electric Car / Vehicle Charging Point Installers Course (2 day course) – designed for fully qualified electricians and covers commercial installations and all the key skills to install, fault find and inspect and test electric vehicle charging points.
C&G 2919-02 Domestic EV Charging Point Installers Course (4 day course) – designed for Domestic Installers who wish to upgrade their knowledge and learn how to install, fault find and inspect and test domestic car charging points.
Students who successfully pass these courses will be automatically registered on Rolec’s approved installer’s scheme and will appear on their national database of installers.
To find out more about the courses we offer please click here, alternatively please call our course advisors today on 0800 8056 4448.