Scottish housebuilder Springfield Homes has become one of the first firms in the UK to promise to include electric vehicle (EV) charging points in all its new developments.
Springfield announced late last week that 7kW cabling for EV charging will be installed as standard in all its new homes, starting with its £1bn, 3,000-home development Bertha Park in Perth.
Innes Smith, Springfield chief executive, said the company expected the widespread shift to eEVs would happen before 2032, when the Scottish government has promised to phase out the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles.
“One of our values as a company, is to include everything a customer needs in their new home, so, with this is mind, we wanted to make it as easy as possible for our customers to go electric,” Smith added.
The move makes Springfield Properties one of the first developers in the UK to incorporate EV charging as standard in all its new-build homes. The firm already offers solar panels as an “optional extra” for homeowners.
Scotland’s transport minister Humza Yousaf said the installations of charging points will help reduce barriers to EV ownership.
“With Scotland already leading the way with sales of electric and alternative fuelled vehicles rising faster than the rest of the UK, this is another positive step by industry in support of our vision to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032,” he added.