ULEZ: Can London homes cope with the rise in electric vehicles and which new builds are already delivering?

London’s ultra low emission zone (Ulez), will be extended across the entire capital by 2022. This is a move that is intended to encourage more Londoners, including those with diesel and petrol engines older than seven years, to trade in their polluting, fossil fuel vehicles for cleaner alternatives. The future is electric. However, hybrid and fully-electric cars require special electric vehicle charging points that are not available in most homes in the UK. Although there are more than 7,000 charging points in the M25, they are not evenly distributed across the capital. The richest boroughs such as Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster have the highest number of charging points per capita. The Government is forcing the hand of the industry, even though some developers are more environmentally conscious than others. New housing developments must provide at least 20% of parking spaces with EV charging points. A further 20% must have the cable routes to add them. This summer, all new homes with associated parking within the site boundaries and all new housing developments with over 10 parking spaces (e.g. blocks of flats) will be legally required by law to have ‘at minimum one EV charging station per dwelling’. The cable routes will also be included in every other space. READ MOREElectric car charging is most in demand in Camden, Westminster and IslingtonEvening Standard Comment: Londoners need an electric charging revolution ULEZ: Everything you need to know about the proposed extension READ MOREElectric car charging is most in demand in Camden and Westminster. Evening Standard Comment: Londoners need an electric charging revolution to make Ulez expansion work. The Government announced its decision in November with a press release that stated: “With the majority charging occurring at home, this will allow people to buy new properties ready for an electric vehicle future. So which London developers have already delivered or are planning to deliver EV-charging points? Bishop’s Gate (Meyer Homes), FulhamBishop’s Gate was the first London developer to offer EV charging points to every home / Meyer HomesBack at Bishop’s Gate in Fulham, Meyer Homes became the first London developer offering EV charging points to every home in 2018. Each of the 44 flats and 10 townhouses are equipped with their own capabilities and are ready for you to move in. White City Living (St James), White CityThese new homes are located within eight acres of parks, gardens and St James, The Berkeley Group. This west London development will have 586 parking spaces equipped with an EV charging station. The facility will allow for the construction of more than 2,300 homes, with prices starting at GBP7275,000. The scheme, near White City and Wood Lane Tube stations, is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2023.The Brentford Project (Ballymore), BrentfordConstruction of this new riverside town centre is expected to finish in 2027 / BallymoreSet to breathe fresh life into Brentford’s town centre, this 876-home waterfront scheme will provide every property with its own EV charging point. Prices starting at GBP445,000 for a one bedroom suite, the first apartments will be available by winter 2022. Every other bay will have future connectivity. Plans for six acres of parkland as well as outdoor wifi-enabled workspaces are also in place. Completion is expected for July with homes starting at GBP700,000.