Charge point network, InstaVolt, has announced the installation of its fastest charger units yet, which can add 100 miles of range in just 15 minutes.
The new units will reduce charging time by up to 60% compared to a 50kW charger.
The new rapid chargers will be deployed across all future installations, including InstaVolt’s McDonalds and Costa Coffee sites nationwide. Already 10 of the chargers are live on the InstaVolt network, including four units at Solstice Services on the A303 in Amesbury.
The announcement follows hot on the heels of comments made by Allegra Stratton, a Cop26 spokesperson, suggesting EVs aren’t suitable for long journeys, and is indicative of InstaVolt’s commitment to improving reliability, speed and availability for the EV network.
InstaVolt prevails in reliability ratings, with scores from a recent WhatCar? survey giving the charging network a reliability score of 92.6 per cent; the best in the industry.
Looking ahead, InstaVolt intends to bring even faster chargers of more than 150kW to the market in this financial year and will continue to be powered by 100% renewable energy.
The new units from BYD have one CCS and one CHAdeMO connector on each unit allowing two cars to be charged at once. The units are provided by BYD, one of the largest companies in the world employing over 250,000 people worldwide, with vast experience deploying EV buses worldwide, battery storage, solar panels.
Adrian Keen, Chief Executive Officer of InstaVolt, said: “Offering new and improved public charging technology across the UK is vital to increase the uptake of EVs. Being able to deliver even quicker charging speeds, while also maintaining excellent reliability is what drives InstaVolt forward.
“We’re incredibly pleased to be the first charging network to install BYD public chargers in the UK. Delivering this new and improved technology across locations such as McDonald’s and Costa will mean that any EV driver passing through these locations can speedily charge their car.”
Transport + Energy recently caught up with Adrian Keen to talk about the early days of the business, the opening of the UK’s largest public rapid charger motorway hub, its relationship with leading consumer brands, and much more.