EV chargepoints across the UK could become as recognisable as the red post box, following the appointment of the Royal College of Art (RCA) and PA Consulting to deliver an iconic new design.
The Department for Transport (DfT) announced that a British chargepoint drawing will be unveiled at COP26 in Glasgow this November and could be seen on streets across the country from 2022.
According to the Government, the chargepoints will be “functional and accessible for all users with sustainability at the heart of the design.”
This project gets underway as independently produced statistics from Zap Map reveal there are now more than 25,000 public charging devices across the UK – which means that EV drivers are never more than 25 miles from a chargepoint on UK roads.
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.”
Warwick Goodall, transport and net-zero mobility expert at PA, added, “We know that excellent design has the power to dismantle barriers to growth and simplify the user experience, making the switch to electric vehicles more attractive, accessible, affordable and secure for drivers.
“The combination of PA’s world-class design team and the Royal College of Art brings the creative expertise to reimagine the EV chargepoint as an iconic piece of British street furniture.”