The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has published an update on the implementation of Road to Zero.

This is a summary of the main measures that are being implemented to support development of the UK electric vehicle infrastructure.

Changes to Building Regulations: OLEV will soon release further details about their consultation on how to change Building Regulation. The objectives are to implement the Road to Zero commitment for every new home to have a chargepoint, where appropriate and to transpose the chargepoint provisions in the EU Energy Performance in Buildings Directive.

On-street residential Scheme: The scheme has had applications from 28 local authorities and will fund the installation of more than 1,000 chargepoints. The scheme will be reviewed by OLEV later this year. A list of all of the local authorities that have applied to the scheme can be found here.

Planning: The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is now considering the responses to the consultation on increasing the height limit for the permitted development right for chargepoint installations from 1.6m to 2.3m. The government’s response will be published shortly.

Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund: At the Budget 2017, the Chancellor announced that the government would, in partnership with the private sector, establish a new £400m electric vehicle Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF).The aim, OLEV says, ‘is to catalyse the rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure that is required to support the electrification of vehicles, by providing greater access to finance on a commercial basis’.

Zouk Capital, the infrastructure and private equity fund manager, is entering into exclusive negotiations with HMT to manage the fund. It is expected that the fund will launch in Spring 2019. For more information, click here

National Chargepoint Registry (NCR): The registry was established by the Government to provide a public database of publicly-funded chargepoints in the UK. The contract for the management of the NCR has been awarded to Cenex. OLEV will be contacting chargepoint operators about providing data (chargepoint locations, power ratings, socket types etc); along with users of the data (e.g. web and app developers for sat navs/ journey planning).