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Stonewater will install EV chargers at all new developments

National housing provider Stonewater will install electric vehicle (EV) charge points at all new-build and existing housing developments. 

In conjunction with the government’s announcement in November that all new homes will be required by law to install EV charging points, Stonewater has begun installing the infrastructure needed at each car parking space on any new developments. 

The housing association, which currently manages around 34,500 homes is now working on a framework to begin procuring a third-part EV charger provider that can oversee the management and installations across its schemes. 

Emily Batchford, Environmental Sustainability Officer at Stonewater, said: ‘Our commitment to overcoming the challenges facing us to achieve net-zero include not only providing energy-efficient homes that are warm and affordable for our customers but also where possible, support them to live more sustainably.

‘Providing EV charging points is a real step-change in delivering on our commitments in this area.

‘With the upcoming regulation changes, how we best support our customers in the switch to electric cars has been a core focus for various areas of the organisation. This new approach facilitates existing customers to install safe and compliant EV charging points on their driveways as well as outlines our approach to retrofitting the infrastructure in communal car parks.’

Martin Fox, Head of Development (North) at Stonewater, added: ‘Since April last year, we’ve adopted a policy of ensuring any new homes built, where we’re the developer, are done so without fossil fuel heating, to remove all fossil fuel heating from our developments by 2040.

‘In addition to how we heat our homes, transport is also one of the biggest contributors to global carbon emissions, with road travel accounting for nearly three-quarters of this total. EVs, therefore, have a significant role to play in building a zero-carbon future and this policy goes a long way in making it a more feasible and practical choice for more of our customers, sooner.”

Photo Credit – EV charging points installed at Stonewater’s affordable development Cooper Close, Smallfield.

 

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