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The national disability charity Motability will be holding a workshop as part of its project to make electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the UK accessible for people living with disabilities.

The workshop follows Motability’s partnership with the UK Government and the British Standards Institute (BSI) to develop and set accessibility standards for electric vehicle charge points across the country. The standards will provide industry with guidance on how to make charge points more accessible by summer 2022.

In its EV charging market study the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has welcomed the partnership and Motability’s work to ensure accessibility standards are developed.

Catherine Marris, head of innovation at Motability, said: “We’re delighted that the CMA welcomes our standards as we work to ensure disabled people aren’t left behind in this future shift. We really want disability organisations to feel listened to and have the chance to input into this world-leading standards process. Together we can ensure the future of EV charging is inclusive for everyone.”

Motability’s accessibility workshop, taking place in August, will ensure other disability charities have the opportunity to come together and inform the standards. Anyone wishing to attending the workshop to contribute to the standards work, should contact innovation@motability.co.uk.