Home buyers want EV charging points

New research has found that electric car charging points will be one the most sought-after features for house buyers in 20 years.

A study carried out by Go Ultra Low identified technologies such as electric car charging points, ‘positivity’ lampposts which beam colourful lighting during winter to combat SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and fingerprint-activated door locks will be highly desirable in the future.

More than half (52%) or respondents said smart lampposts to combat SAD was their number one choice, with 49% picking electric car charging points on every house.

Maxwell Hutchison, architect and former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, said, ‘Green technology that enhances our lives will fuel neighbourhoods of the future. Whilst ‘positivity’ lampposts and robotic gardeners may be a way off, developments such as electric car charge points, electric car schemes and rainwater harvesting technology are starting to be implemented by new cutting-edge housing developments.

‘The UK already has its first eco town being developed in Oxfordshire, and there are others on the horizon, with features that include shared electric car sharing schemes and electric car charge points for every house.’

Poppy Welch, head of the Go Ultra Low campaign, said, ‘Electric cars are on track to become an essential part of everyday life, and our research backs this up with strong demand for charge points and EV sharing schemes. Electric cars are high performing, fun, exciting and financially compelling. There are currently over 75,000 on UK roads, a growth of 37% in a year, based on sales from January to September. Their role both now and in the future is unquestionable, as indicated by the £80m invested by government in further improving the nation’s electric vehicle infrastructure.’