ELECTRIC vehicle charging points will be legally required in new build homes across the country from next year.

In a speech to the Confederation of British Industry the Prime Minister announced that fresh laws will see new homes, supermarkets and workplaces compelled to install electric car charging points, with Mr Johnson praising the upgraded power of e-cars despite not having the “vroom, vroom” satisfaction of petrol and diesel vehicles.

The announcement on charging points is another step towards the banning of the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030.

Up to 145,000 extra charge points are set to be installed across England each year.

In response to the announcement, Peter Emery, chief executive of the region’s power network, Electricity North West, said: “We welcome the Government’s decision to fit all new homes and buildings with electric vehicle charging points from 2022.

“Our forecasts show that in the next decade there will be a million electric vehicles on the North West’s roads, compared to just 12,000 today. We’re leading the way to Net Zero by investing more than £1.6bn in the region’s power network to meet that increasing electricity demand and enable people to make the switch.

“The recent COP26 event shone a spotlight on the scale of the challenge ahead and the impact on all communities. From a North West perspective, our network is in good shape to enable people to move away from fossil fuels to low carbon electricity for transport and heating.”