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Charging units among desirable future home features

Survey says 49% of people would like charging stations in future homes

Published: December 2, 2016, 6:30 AM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:21 PM

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You know those 220V home charging stations electric vehicle makers encourage new owners to install in order to charge their vehicles faster? It turns out they’re already becoming quite the desirable home-buying feature.

A study from electric car campaign Go Ultra Low reveals the top 10 features home buyers would look for in future purchases (within the next 20 years) and home charging points ranks number 2 (named by 49% or survey respondents), behind Positivity Lamp Posts (52%), which beam colourful lighting to help combat winter’s Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and ahead of fingerprint-activated door locks and water recycling capabilities (37% each).

“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,” explains Poppy Welch, Head of the Go Ultra Low campaign. “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.”

The UK already boasts 60,000 home charging units, mostly attributed to a £500 government grant towards their installations. It’s no surprise that government statistics show 90% of electric vehicle charging is done at home, and 72% or respondents expect electric vehicles to be the most common in residence driveways in the next coupe decades. And 26% of respondents expect hydrogen vehicles to become more familiar sights too over the next 20 years.

Also making the list were solar-powered charging stations (28%), raking sixth and electric vehicle sharing between neighbours (24%) right behind in seventh. In fact, 48% of respondents expect to be sharing electric cars with others in their neighbourhoods, leading to stronger social relationships between neighbours.

The other technologies expected to influence future home buying are communal rainwater recycling (34%), Wi-Fi connectivity through trees (22%), animal proof trash bins (20%) and robotic landscapers (11%).

“Green technology that enhances our lives will fuel neighbourhoods of the future. Whilst ‘positivity’ lamp posts 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,” said Maxwell Hutchinson, architect and former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. “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.”