CMA set to examine EV charging sector

The CMA has launched a market study into electric vehicle (EV) charging in a bid to make sure that the fast-growing sector is working well for UK drivers.

Making the announcement on 2 December, the CMA set out how the work will centre on two broad themes: how to develop a competitive sector while also attracting private investment to help the sector grow, and how to ensure that people using EV chargepoints have confidence that they can get the best out of the service. It is intending to conclude its study “well within” a 12-month deadline, ensuring it can then help shape competition and boost consumer confidence in the developing sector.

It outlined how the scope for the study is the supply of chargepoints for plug-in hybrid and all-electric passenger EVs, meaning cars and light vans. It will look at charging in a range of different settings, such as home and off-street parking; on-street parking; workplace; hub and destination; and en-route charging.

With “range anxiety” a key concern for many consumers, the CMA stressed the importance of drivers being able to access a chargepoint when they need one. Furthermore, it suggested that if people are able to see that the service will work for them, they will be more likely to make the switch to EVs, something that is key to achieving the government’s 2050 net zero aim.