Smart Transport

EV charge points set to be next British emblem

Electric vehicle (EV) charging

Electric vehicle (EV) charge points in the UK could be set to become as recognisable as the red post box and black cab from 2022. 

The Royal College of Art (RCA) and PA Consulting have been appointed to deliver an iconic British charge point design, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced today (June 9).

The design will be unveiled at COP26 in Glasgow this November - where zero-emission transport will be a key theme - 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 Department for Transport (DfT) said.

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.”

The project gets underway as independently produced statistics from Zap Map has revealed there are more than 25,000 public charging devices across the UK.

The DfT described this as a ‘major milestone’, which means EV drivers are never more than 25 miles from a charge point on UK roads, it said. However, this figure is still a long way from estimates around the number of charge points required by 2030 when new diesel and petrol cars are phased out. 

Clive Grinyer, head of service design at the RCA, said: “This is an opportunity to support the design of a future icon that will be part of our national culture as we move towards a sustainable future.

“We are delighted to be playing a role in the design of the total service experience to ensure a usable, beautiful and inclusive design that is an excellent experience for all.”

The announcement comes as recent statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that more than one in six cars sold in July 2021 had a plug.

In the run-up to COP26, the UK government is calling on countries around the world to accelerate the transition to EVs, which – along with phasing out of coal power and halting deforestation – are crucial to keeping warming to 1.5°C, the Government said.

Our next event: register now

Smart Transport Conference logoRegister your interest for May 2022

From the most influential policy makers to the most innovative products and services, the Smart Transport Conference 2022 will once again be packed with engaging and insightful content.

Tickets will be available soon. In the meantime, register your interest here to be the first to hear when booking opens, plus exciting speaker and agenda announcements.

Venue: The Queen's Hotel, Leeds

Register now

Comment as guest


Login  /  Register

Comments

No comments have been made yet.

Related content




Office Address
  • Smart Transport
    Media House
    Lynch Wood
    Peterborough
    PE2 6EA
Join the community
  • Smart Transport is the UK's most important brand to bring together senior public policy makers and influential private sector leaders to showcase real-time solutions aligned to government policy.
  •  
  • Find out more
  • Insight
  •  

 

Welcome to Smart Transport

Welcome to the Smart Transport website, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, insight and reports from policymakers and thought leaders.

The Smart Transport brand connects policy to solutions by bringing national government and local authority policymakers together with private sector organisations.

Contact Lindsay Greatbatch for more information.

© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd
Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA - Registered number 01176085 IPSO regulated logo

 

Smart Transport members

Smart Transport members 2022

Please note:
By submitting any material to us you are confirming that the material is your own original work or that you have permission from the copyright owner to use the material and to authorise Bauer Consumer Media to use it as described in this paragraph. You also promise that you have permission from anyone featured or
referred to in the submitted material to it being used by Bauer Consumer Media. If Bauer Consumer Media receives a claim from a copyright owner or a person
featured in any material you have sent us, we will inform that person that you have granted us permission to use the relevant material and you will be responsible for paying any amounts due to the copyright owner or featured person and/or for reimbursing Bauer Consumer Media for any losses it has suffered as a result.