This morning the government unveiled its new EV charger, which it hopes will become a design "icon" like the traditional red phonebox or London bus.

The surprise is that it's so small and inconspicuous, unlike those other symbols of Britishness. 

The EV charger proposal I put together for Autocar recently was based on the idea that fast-charging was the future, which needs a big box and ventilation – something lacking from this design.

Indeed, along the A3 running into South West London, commercial charging bays are blooming, but they're mostly basic folded-steel boxes covered in stickers.