Electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints are set to become as iconic as the London bus and the red post box.

This follows the announcement from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that the Royal College of Art and PA Consulting have been tasked with creating an iconic British design for the chargepoints.

It is hoped that they will become “as recognisable as the red post box or black cab”.

Electric vehicle chargepoints are to become an iconic sight on our roads

The new designs could be in place by 2022

The new chargepoint design – which will be revealed in Glasgow this November at COP26 – is to be “functional and accessible for all users with sustainability at the heart of the design”. The new models could then be in place from 2022.

The plans for a new design follow the reveal that there are currently over 25,000 public charging devices in the UK. The statistics, compiled by Zap Map, mean electric vehicle drivers are always within 25 miles of a chargepoint while out and about on UK roads.

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.”

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