New homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric car charging points under a government proposal to cut emissions.
Ministers also want new street lights to come with charge points wherever there’s on-street parking.
Details of a sales ban on new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 are also expected to be set out.
The strategy comes at a time when the government is facing criticism for failing to reduce carbon emissions.
The government’s target is to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.
The proposals, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, aim to make it easier to recharge an electric car rather than refuel petrol or diesel vehicles.
- The need to assess if new homes and offices should be required to install charging points as standard
- New street lighting columns with on-street parking to have charging points in appropriate locations
- More money being allocated to fund charging infrastructure.
Mr Grayling said the proposed measures would mean the UK having “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,” he said.