Competition authority to look at electric vehicle charging sector


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun a market study into EV charging to ensure the sector works well for people now and in the future.

It says the UK’s charging infrastructure will be crucial to the increased adoption of EVs particularly in light of the Government bringing forward the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030.

The UK currently has nearly 20,000 charge points, compared to about 1,500 in 2011, and the CMA recognises more will be needed.

According to the CMA it is essential drivers can access a charge point when they need one as research shows that ‘range anxiety’ or not being able to recharge while out and about is a key concern for many.

The CMA’s work will centre on two main areas:

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

The CMA aims to finish its market study within the 12-month deadline, so it can help build consumer confidence in this developing sector address any competition issues.

Market studies can make recommendations to the Government or other bodies, and issue guidance to businesses and consumers as needed.

Andrea Coscelli, CMA chief executive, 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 charge points will provide a similarly straight-forward service.

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


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