Electric vehicle charging stations need to be redesigned in an attempt to make them an ‘iconic’ sight on the streets of the UK, like red pillar boxes.

A contract worth £ 200,000 has been announced by the Department for Transport to secure a design team for the project.

Officials from the government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles want the successful bidder to develop an “iconic and functional charging station for public electric vehicles”.

Sir John Hayes, former transport minister, said he hoped the charging stations would become a “design classic” similar to the red pillar box or red phone booth.

Hayes, the Conservative MP for South Holland and The Deepings in Lincolnshire, said: “We have to think of something like the Gilbert Scott phone booth or