CMA begins study of UK electric vehicle charging market

Posted on December 3, 2020 by Alistair Hardaker

An electric car at a charge point

The CMA is launching a market study into electric vehicle charging to UK drivers, after the Government brought forward the ban of new petrol and diesel vehicles to 2030.

The study will look at the electric vehicle charging sector, which currently has almost 20,000 chargepoints, up from around 1,500 in 2011.

The study is designed to ensure the sector works well for people now and in the future.

It said that research shows ‘range anxiety’ is a key concern for many consumers considering a switch to electric vehicles.

As a result the CMA will look at how to develop a competitive sector while also attracting private investment to help the sector grow. It will also consider how to ensure people using electric vehicle chargepoints have confidence that they can get the best out of the service/

Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive of the CMA, 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 chargepoints will provide a similarly straight-forward service.

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

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