European Union Calls For Charging Point In All New Homes By 2019

OCT 31 2016 BY MARK KANE 22

European Union is considering a mandatory charging station installation in all new or refurbished homes.

The draft directive proposes to introduce the requirement from 2019.

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Another proposition being considering is to require 10% of parking spots adjacent to new buildings, be equipped with charging stations by 2023.

At this point in time, we are still unsure how much legs the directive has under it, and if the time-frame proposed will come to fruition, but perhaps unserprisingly car manufacturers have already applauded the initiative.

Guillaume Berthier, sales and marketing director for electric vehicles at Renault said:

“This kind of market stimulus is not just positive, it is mandatory if we want to see a massive rollout of electric vehicles in the near future. The question of how you recharge your car when you live in an apartment within a city is a very important one.”

source: The Guardian

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How do they define “refurbished homes”?
How much does it take to be considered refurbished?

It uncommon to say a major addition or other construction project that requires a construction permit requires you bring the building up to current codes. So you could replace a toilet without worry, but adding a bathroom or new bedroom might require meeting new codes.

Meant to say it is not uncommon…

Expanding the outer dimensions of a building or adding a new building is what requires a construction permit.
Tearing down all the inside walls and creating different room layouts does not require a construction permit.

Probably that’s definied by national law. I assume for Germany: In all cases you need the permission from the city administration, like moving buildings, moving the outer walls of buildings (e.g. increasing a building) or adding building. But not like new paint on the outer wall.


I will be serprised if the US of A can follow suit in the next decade. 10% is a lofty # to start with.

In the United States it is unlikely to be a national requirement. It is more likely to be implemented first in cities and the at the state level. Most likely it would only require pre-wiring or installing a 50-Amp outlet.

Though useful at homes. It would be more effective to be required for commercial buildings and multi-family complexes.

Quote: “Another proposition being considering is to require 10% of public parking spots adjacent to homes, equipped with charging stations by 2023.”

Your source The Guardian says “10% of parking spaces IN new buildings”, not ” 10% of public parking spots adjacent to homes”.

The Guardian: “In a further boost to prospects for the electric car market in Europe, the regulations due to be published before the end of the year state that by 2023, 10% of parking spaces in new buildings in the EU zone will also need recharging facilities.”

Yes, homes/new buildings is a definitely different thing. Good catch, I will adjust/edit Mark’s article to reflect. Thanks!

Your source The Guardian says “10% of parking spaces IN new buildings”, not ” 10% of public parking spots adjacent to homes”.

“10% of parking places in new buildings” sounds like the requirement applies only to new parking garages. Where else would you have 10 or more parking spots inside a building?

Anybody see a different interpretation for this?

If you have only two or three place, at least one must be equipped.
That is what my 50% Walloon brain would want specified.
The other 50% Flemish brain would say who cares sign it.

Well the cost of including a dedicated 50+ amp circuit in the garage / car port etc. of “new construction” homes would be negligible as it could be baked into the cake from day one while plans are still on the drafting table such that is would be basically miniscule material cost as the needed wiring can be pulled in with all other electric circuits when the house is in the framing stages.

When we built our house with a 3-car garage, we had 3 50-amp outlets installed, along with a second 200-amp panel, and the pre-wiring for a solar PV system. Doing it during the build made for a clean install and made the whole project much cheaper.

What kind of charging point? What are the power requirements? 3-phase 230V (400V) as this is already available in European homes.

Depends on the country.. Not necessarily in all British homes.

We are getting closer. I think every new home in the world should have a Powerwall and solar.

No Doubt !

I’d think that by 2019 architects would be smart enough to do so without a government mandate. Same with solar panels and possibly even to at least allocate space for a home battery, if not installing it.

YES! This is what we need. Especially for flats, apartments, condos, townhouses, etc.

And you shouldn’t need to full charging equipment (EVSE). But the place should be PRE-WIRED so installation of a charger can be done very quickly.

I think things in the states as far as single-family home construction is proceding just fine.

Some rich areas are saying a plastic pipe has to be installed between the attached garage and the service panel (which a significant part of the time is one and the same room).

The new National Electrical Code requires a 20 amp 120 volt recepticle for each car stall. And this will be in effect in over 90% of the country.

Whatever is said here disparaging ‘110’, many people just use this for their BEV’s and PHEV’s alone, when at home, and is certainly good for 30 miles of charge while the owner is sleeping, if they happen to own an EV with an efficient charger.

When communities pre-position – they are careful to say that the actual wiring need not be installed – the idea is to make it very easy and inexpensive to do if the homeowner wants a ‘220’ charger. He’ll already be able to do ‘some’ charging from each car in each stall using 110 immediately.

I can see requiring a prewired 50a circuit for an EVSE, but not the EVSE itself. If it required the actual EVSE, nearly every contractor would choose the cheapest, crappiest unit made.

Let the person who is going to use it choose the EVSE to install. It won’t be a big issue if the building is prewired.

The fastest and easiest way to accelerate EV charging infrastructure in North America is by using the zoning code / ordinances.

Charging infrastructure requirements should be by land use not by the building code whose purpose for structural integrity and occupant safety (and takes forever to change)

I have researched the 8 ZEV U.S. States and all 10 Canadian Provinces and the legal structure and processes are already in place to require EV charging spaces depending on the use of the land. Higher requirements for residential, lower for commercial centers like shopping malls and zero for fast food establishments.