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UK To Make Its EV Charging Points As ‘Iconic’ As Its Red Telephone Boxes
By Alexa Heah, 08 Jun 2021
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Think of the UK and you’ll probably picture some of the country’s most iconic features: the red London bus, Buckingham Palace, and the famed red phone booths.
Now, the British Department for Transport (DfT) is offering a £200,000 (US$283,400) contract to a designer who can create an “iconic, functional public electric vehicle (EV) charge point,” as per TNW.
By making EV charging points just as recognizable as the telephone booths, the UK government believes that the country would be more welcoming of electric vehicles and an expansive charging network.
Notably, from a survey conducted in 2020 by Seat, it was found that a third of UK drivers considered current charging points “eyesores.” Half the survey respondents had also said they wouldn’t want a charging point installed on their street.
Following this feedback, former transport minister Sir John Hayes has said that the new design project would make EV charging points a bigger draw if it could fix the aesthetics.
To set the bar high, Sir Hayes said the design should become as emblematic of Britain as the telephone booths designed by Gilbert Scott in 1926.
Perhaps this project could help turn EV charging points in the UK into something as ubiquitous as red telephone booths.
[via The Next Web, cover image via Shutterstock]
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