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CMA to investigate EV charging sector

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is launching a market study into electric vehicle (EV) charging to make sure that the sector works well for drivers, ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles.

The UK currently has almost 20,000 charge points, up from around 1,500 in 2011 – although more will be needed in the future, the CMA says.  

It is therefore considering how to ensure the sector works well for people now and in the future, which will help to build trust in the service and address any competition issues.

Research shows that ‘range anxiety’ or not being able to recharge while out and about is a key concern for many consumers – so it is essential that drivers can access a chargepoint when they need one.

The CMA’s work will be on two broad themes:

  • How to develop a competitive sector while also attracting private investment to help the sector grow.
  • How to ensure people using electric vehicle chargepoints have confidence that they can get the best out of the service.

Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the CMA, said: “Making the switch to electric vehicles is key to helping the UK become greener, which is why it’s so important that everyone has the confidence to get behind the move.

"Being able to easily stop off at a petrol station is a standard part of a journey and consumers must trust that electric chargepoints will provide a similarly straight-forward service.

“By getting involved early as electric vehicles and chargepoints are still developing, the CMA can make sure consumers are treated fairly now and in the future.”

The CMA intends to conclude its market study within the 12-month deadline, so that it can help shape competition and boost consumer confidence in this developing sector.

Views are welcomed on any of the issues raised in the Invitation to Comment by January 5, 2021.

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