RECHARGE UK is the UK’s largest Electric Vehicle forum, representing around 100 members across the EV charging space, including chargepoint operators, manufacturers, green finance and legal partners and other organisation who look to improve the EV space with innovative solutions.

Our purpose is to recharge the EV sector with new ideas to solve infrastructure deployment issues and improve the consumer experience.

Our report “Charging Forward to 2030” details how we would solve the policy and regulatory barriers to chargepoint deployment and end the unequal geographic distribution of charging infrastructure we have today. It also looks to address skills gaps and solve accessibility and utilisation issues. You can read it here.  

Working Groups:

In addition to our regular policy and regulatory engagement across the EV sector, we have three working groups looking at the areas our members have called for more focus on, and which have regular interaction with Government.

  • On street home connected charging. Designed to promote this growing sub sector and highlight unique policy concerns and solutions to OZEV.
  • Heavy Goods Vehicles. This working group is focused on developing consensus among the membership on key asks for the HGV ZEV mandate and develop policy asks on fleet charging.
  • Bidirectional charging. This working group is focused on developing key asks and building momentum behind bidirectional charging policy in the UK which to date is underdeveloped.

 

EV APPG:

RECHARGE UK are also the secretariat for the Electric Vehicle All Party Parliamentary Group Chaired by Matt Western MP.

The APPG meets several times a year to enable parliament to hear directly from the EV sector and encourage open communication between Parliamentarians and their experiences of EV charging and the sector, so we can highlight where their focus should be to enable the sector to grow as fast as possible and empower people to purchase an EV.

 

Governance of the Forum

RECHARGE UK has an elected chair and steering group.

  • CHAIR: Mark Constable, Head of Public Affairs at Trojan Energy

Steering group members include:

  • Christian Hahn, CEO at Hubject GmbH
  • Clive Southwell, Director UK & Ireland at GreenFlux
  • Jerry Stokes, Executive Chairmen at GRIDSERVE
  • Joel Teague, CEO at Co Charger Ltd
  • Robert Evans, CEO at Cenex
  • Tom Lusher, EV specialist at Drax
  • Neil Durno, Head of Zero Emission Vehicle Solutions at Syzygy.

For information about joining the RECHARGE UK, contact Matt Adams

 

Member & External Engagement

  • The RECHARGE UK hosts a number of topic-specific ad-hoc meetings as required, in addition to seminars.
  • We have regular engagement with both OZEV and DfT across a number of policy areas, including the ZEV Mandate, Consumer Experience Regulations, Smart Charging, Cyber Security, policy and regulatory barriers to deployment and fleet and HGV charging.
  • Parliamentary Launch Event 19th July 2023 – The EV Forum hosted its first official external event as the rebranded RECHARGE UK. Launching our report “Charging Forward to 2030”.
  • Matt Adams will be speaking at the EV World Congress on Strategies to Solve the Consumer Experience Pricing Puzzle on the 10th October 2023.
  • We will be hosting a Skills Gap event in November 2023, focused on skills gaps in the EV and Low Carbon Fuels Sectors, please inquire for more details.
  • We are hosting ChargeSafe who will be running industry workshops on safe and accessible charging through Autumn and Winter of 2023.

Further REA messaging and positions can be found in the RESOURCES section of the website.

 

Additional Information

  • One major EV Forum output was the launch (March 2020) of the UK’s first consumer code for domestic charge point installers – details here.
  • The REA’s 2019 report on public charging interoperability can be found here. This report was instrumental in setting up the consumer experience at public chargepoints consultation and resulted in the public chargepoints regulations 2023.
  • The REA hosted an annual EV conference focusing on how consumers will engage with the EV sector by 2025. In 2020 we hosted three webinars, the recordings of which can be found here.

 

REA & UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Association (UKEVSE)

On the 30th March 2020 it was announced that UKEVSE was merging with the REA. This will produce a more cohesive voice for the UK’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure sector. Details of the announcement can be found here.

A number of resources and reports produced by Cenex and the UKEVSE are also now available on the REA website, including the Chargepoint Procurement Guidance report (2018) and A guide on electric vehicle charging and DNO engagement for local authorities, jointly produced with Western Power Distribution (2018).