If the future is electric, how can we all charge our cars?

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In nine years’ time, no more petrol fuelled cars will be manufactured in the UK. The sight of charging stations is becoming more commonplace as standalones or as local authorities actively incorporate them within the infrastructure.

However, a big problem facing drivers and locally authorities is that high density population areas are where electric vehicles are most in demand and most beneficial. The challenges associated with charging an electric vehicle from a terraced house are significant. You can run a lead across a pavement, but a suitable cable protector would have to cover the lead to prevent people tripping and the possibility of personal injury and liability that may follow.

What’s the solution?

One solution is to run leads under the pavement from the householder’s property to the kerbside, to provide a charging point for that household.

A better and less disruptive solution for local authorities – and this is already the case in some areas – is to incorporate the charging point into existing electrical systems like lamp posts.

Any legal implications?

An easement is the right to cross or use someone else’s land for a specific purpose and is created by entering into a “deed of easement” with the person whose land the electricity source would run across. This is known as an “express grant” by the owner of the land (usually the local authority, although it could be a third party).

It would benefit local authorities to consider this issue sooner rather than later, before uptake of electrical cars spreads to more households. Not only for the practical implications of installing power points for each household, but also in respect of the legal implications of registering easements.

How can local authorities meet demand?

Local Authorities might offer a package to householders that includes installation and surveying. Not only would this would provide revenue for the authority, but more importantly make it easier for households to convert to electric vehicles.

How can we help?

The 2030 deadline may seem like it is still some way away, but demand ahead of that date is likely to increase exponentially. Such a package might provide quick-acting authorities with a much-needed income source and householders with hassle-free conversion.

If you would like advice on the subject of easements and how to register, or other possible legal implications of converting to electric, please talk to Paul Harrington on 01273 324041