EV charging trade association merger to create ‘more cohesive voice’
The two leading trade associations representing the electric vehicle charging industry are to merge, creating a 75-strong group of companies specialised in EV charging to lead the sector forward.
Intended to create a “clear voice for the sector”, the UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Association (UK EVSE), established in 2013, will join forces with the REA’s EV Forum, founded in 2017.
Members of UK EVSE will join the REA in the coming weeks, gaining access to other REA member groups, such as the Solar Forum and Energy Storage Forum.
In addition, Cenex, which provided secretariat services to UK EVSE and chaired the group, will join the REA EV steering group, giving the REA increased technical expertise in charge point technology, installation and operations. This will enable the REA to better respond to key industry debates relating to standards, data, and the electricity grid.
Dr Nina Skorupska, chief executive of the REA, said: “We are stronger when we work together. The integration of UK EVSE with the REA’s EV Forum means centralising resources, concentrating collective expertise, and ensuring coherent communications to Government. We hope that this move will both deepen the REA’s expertise in electric vehicle infrastructure but also empower our new members with knowledge and skill in our other work areas, such as that in solar and energy storage, all of which are converging at a rapid rate.
“We welcome our new members and will continue to work to provide a progressive and effective voice for the charging infrastructure and wider renewable energy sector.”