The Royal College of Art and PA Consulting have been appointed to deliver an ‘iconic’ British electric vehicle chargepoint design, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.
The design will be unveiled at COP26 in Glasgow this November and could be seen on streets across the country from 2022.
This project gets underway as independently produced statistics from Zap Map reveal there are now over 25,000 public charging devices across the UK.
In the run-up to COP26, the UK government is calling on countries around the world to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, which – along with phasing out of coal power and halting deforestation – are crucial to keeping warming to 1.5°C.
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 chargepoints that are as iconic and recognisable as the British phone box, London bus or black cab.
“With less than 3 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 rollout will allow chargepoints to be more recognisable for drivers, helping to create awareness around the transition to EVs – and linking them to the iconic British designs of old that are recognised the world over.