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Bureau Veritas urges commercial buildings to ‘create an infrastructure’ that supports an EV future

Electrical safety expert, Bureau Veritas, has cautiously welcomed new world-leading regulations for all new homes and buildings in England to have electric vehicle charging points installed as standard – stating that the move will help to drive uptake in electric vehicle (EV) adoption in England, although isn’t the whole solution to the challenge we face in the race to Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEVs).

The new regulations, which come into force from 2022, include supermarkets, workplaces and buildings undergoing major renovations, which – together with new homes – could result in up to 145,000 additional charge points each year over the next decade. England is the first country to mandate such building regulations and follows Transport Day at COP26, which focussed on the global transition to zero emission transport.

Announced last month, the Government hopes that the new regulations will make charging EVs as easy as refuelling a petrol or diesel car today.

However, according to Michael Kenyon, Head of Electrical Technical Development MIET at Bureau Veritas much more needs to be done in terms of retrospectively equipping existing buildings with electric vehicle charging points if we’re to truly ensure ease of charging.

He said: “The introduction of the new regulations is a really positive move in ensuring new properties, shops and workplaces are adequately equipped for an EV future. However, it doesn’t address the need to ensure existing buildings have the same requirement, meaning many commercial properties – such as supermarkets not planning ‘major refurbishments’ in the coming years – may well find themselves in greater competition with their newer counterparts, forcing consumers to make a choice based on available charging stations.

“We would therefore urge those commercial buildings to seriously consider creating an infrastructure that supports the growing volume of EVs on our roads, but also to ensure they remain relevant compared to the competition coming down the line. This requires a best practice approach to installation, functionality and regular maintenance of charge points – which is where an independent third party such as Bureau Veritas can be vital.”

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