The connected home is one step closer to becoming a reality for all new self-builders in NI, with a push by the UK government to introduce e-charging points on all newly built homes.

The budget announced that the government will “make sure all new homes are built with the right cables for electric car charge points.”

In NI grants of up to £5,000 are already available to buy a new electric car. Electric vehicles are also exempt from motor tax and the vehicle registration tax is £55 for all new car registrations. An extra £100 million was announced in the budget to continue funding the grant scheme.

The move comes as the ROI budget in October only announced e-car supports for company-owned vehicles. Currently in ROI homeowners can however avail of a grant worth up to €5,000 to buy an electric car.

VRT is paid whenever a car is registered for the first time in ROI; relief for electric vehicles is in place until the end of 2021. Motor Tax in January 2016 for an electric vehicle was €120 per year.