Electric vehicle charge points set to become next great British emblem

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Iconic British electric vehicle charge points could be seen on streets across the country from 2022.

Electric vehicle charge points across the UK could become as recognisable as the red post box or black cab, following the appointment of the Royal College of Art and PA Consulting to deliver an iconic British charge point design, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced today (9 August 2021).

The design will be unveiled at COP26 in Glasgow this November and could be seen on streets across the country from 2022. The charge points will be functional and accessible for all users with sustainability at the heart of the design.

The project gets underway as independently produced statistics from Zap Map reveal there are now over 25,000 public charging devices across the UK, a major milestone, which means that electric vehicle drivers are never more than 25 miles from a charge point on UK roads. This comes as recent statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that over one in six cars sold in July 2021 had a plug.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “Excellent design plays a key role in supporting our transition to zero emission vehicles, which is why I want to see EV charge points that are as iconic and recognisable as the British phone box, London bus or black cab.

“With less than three months to go until COP26, we continue to put the UK at the forefront of the design, manufacture and use of zero emission vehicles and their charging infrastructure, as we build back greener and call on countries around the world to similarly accelerate the transition to electric vehicles,” he added on August 9.

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