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A UK housebuilder has announced that it will be installing the cabling for electric charging into every new home it builds.

Elgin-based Springfield Properties has said that it will be one of very few UK firms to install the cabling for electric chargers as standard into all its new build homes. The 7Kw cabling will be located “at the most practical point”, so that it is easy for a charging point to be installed.

The firm is currently installing the cabling at a new 3,000-home development in Perth. The new village is located near the A9, where the Scottish government has pledged to create its first ‘Electric Highway’, with charging points integrated along the length of the road.

Innes Smith, Springfield chief executive, said: “The Scottish government has pledged that by 2032 all new vehicles sold in this country will be electric, but we anticipate the uptake will increase rapidly long before then.

“One of our values as a company, is to include everything a customer needs in their new home, so, with this in mind, we wanted to make it as easy for our customers to go electric.”

The move has been welcomed by Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf. He said: “With Scotland already leading the way with sales of electric and alternatively fuelled vehicles rising faster than the rest of the UK, this is another positive step by the industry in our support of our vision to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.”

Ted Welford

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January 29, 2018

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