Scottish house-builder includes cabling for electric car charging points in its new homes

Innes Smith at a Motherwell show home with a battery-powered vehicle
Innes Smith at a Motherwell show home with a battery-powered vehicle

A Scottish developer has become the first in the UK to include cabling for electric car charging points in its new-build houses.

Springfield Properties will incorporate 7KW cabling to the most practical point in the home to allow homebuyers to easily install a home charge point.

The first development to benefit from this initiative is Bertha Park, a 3,000-home community planned for the outskirts of Perth. The new village which broke ground in August 2017, is ideally located to the A9, where the Scottish Government plans to create Scotland’s first electric highway, with charging points along its length.

Springfield also offers solar photo voltaic panels as an optional extra, the installation of smart, energy efficient hybrid boilers and the use of sustainable materials in the construction of its energy efficient timber-frame homes.

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

“At Springfield, exploring new ways to protect the environment has been a focus of ours for many years and installing the infrastructure for electric car charge points in our homes was the next logical step for our customers.

“Internally, we have also implemented a number of green policies across our offices, such as no longer using disposable plastic cups and installing electric car charging points at our Larbert base.”

29 Jan 2018

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