KFC partners with InstaVolt on rapid charging roll-out

Rapid charging firm InstaVolt has partnered with fast food firm KFC on the roll-out of 450 rapid chargers at its drive-thru restaurants in the UK.

The deal will see the construction of rapid charging infrastructure across the company’s own and franchisee businesses, and will complement existing charging points at KFC sites in Sheffield, Nottingham, Rotherham and Crewe.

The chargers have already been installed and are now live at sites in Birmingham and elsewhere with units in London and Hampshire set to come online in the next few months.

InstaVolt operates an ‘open charger’ model, so anyone can use its charging network on a pay-as-you-go basis. With currently around 500 rapid charges around the UK, it has no monthly subscription and no membership cards are required with drivers using standard contactless payment cards to start a charging session.

InstaVolt’s chief executive officer Adrian Keen said the move was part of the firm’s commitment to “delivering our class-leading rapid charging infrastructure at new locations nationwide.”

Commercial director at InstaVolt, Lee Adams, said that the firm sought sites that had ‘great facilities for drivers’. He said: “With hundreds of KFC restaurants in easily accessible locations and a dwell time that’s great for on-the-go charging, our partnership with KFC is the perfect collaboration.”

Mathew McCormick, Chief Development Officer at KFC UK & Ireland said: “We are committed to sustainability and installing EV rapid chargers at our restaurants is strategically very important. Reducing pollution and harmful emissions is a major priority and giving our loyal fans the opportunity to enjoy our iconic fried chicken while charging their electric cars is a perfect combination.”

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