EU Mandates Electric Car Chargers In All New Homes By 2019


Sometimes, progress comes in baby steps, tiny improvements that move a whole series of events forward. The European Union has just approved regulations requiring that an electric car charger be included in every new and renovated home and all apartment buildings starting in 2019. Why is that important? Because charging infrastructure is vital to convincing mainstream buyers to switch to an electric car.

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The regulations don’t specify what type of charger has to be installed. Presumably, it won’t be just a Level 1 piece of equipment, which is little more than an extension cord plugged into the nearest wall socket. On the other hand, it won’t be a 150 kW charger like the one Porsche says its upcoming Mission E can use.

The cost of installing an electric car charger when the walls are open so electricians can get at the wiring is modest — far less than hiring an electrician to do the job later when everything is buttoned up. It makes perfectly good sense to attend to something like this while a house or apartment building is going up or is being renovated.

European countries are way ahead of the US when it comes to planning for the future. The German Bundesrat last week voted to recommend a phaseout of cars with internal combustion engines by 2030. Norway and the Netherlands may phase them out sooner, as early as 2025. By contrast, the US is trying to figure out how Americans can continue to drive enormous pickup trucks and SUVs until the 22nd century. The attitude in Congress and the auto industry is that we have to preserve our freedom to drive vehicles that get 20 mpg of less in routine driving. Anything else is an assault on truth, justice, and the American way.

“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,” said Guillaume Berthier, head of electric car sales for Renault. “The question of how you recharge your car when you live in an apartment within a city is a very important one.”

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  • PeteDisqus321

    If you’re charging at home, you’re generally charging overnight.. so isn’t an ordinary socket adequate?

    • trackdaze

      Possibly. May have more to do with ensuring access to a charge point in an appropriate location, particularly important for appartments.

      By 2019 i suspect many developers will go to through the floor inductive charging.

    • Antony Berretti

      Not if you have a PV system, then daytime charging is best. Then we could add battery storage into the mix and be very flexible with energy management.

      • PeteDisqus321

        Does daytime solar give you significantly more than 3kW? (That’s the max power for a normal UK plug socket.)

        • Antony Berretti

          Way more than that! Our wiring system is very flexible, so what comes into the home is up to 32kw, then depending where it’s going, you run cables of different capacity and sockets to suit…

  • bioburner

    So how do we get some of those EU politicians into the US government? The jackals we have now are too busy fighting among them selves to do the job we are paying them for.

    • PeteDisqus321

      You’re welcome to Boris Johnson

      • Steve Hanley

        Uhhh……appreciate the offer but no thanks. ; – )

      • Mark Roest

        You’re welcome to D. Trump, after he finishes ‘heightening the contradictions’ of domination politics (see Riane Eisler) enough to push Hillary to the left and destroy GOP power in a wave of mass revulsion that unites all but his base. Who we will need to spend the next 20 years healing, to re-socialize them. 🙂

  • dogphlap dogphlap

    If the legislation results in a level two power point for every apartment parking spot that would be a huge step forward and the bare minimum for overnight charging if the commute is not too long a distance. Three phase is popular in Europe and provides a good AC solution at a higher provisioning cost. I’ll be interested to see how this plays out.

    • Mark Roest

      If charging evolves along with batteries enough to do any vehicle in 2 hours with a low-end charger, then we can use 2 different companies’ rotation or scheduling approaches; you only need 1 primary circuit for 4 or more vehicles, off one central controller, with 4 cords to 4 cars. It helps prevent capacity and peaking charges, and the cost of more primary circuits.