Reading FC has activated eight ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers at its Select Car Leasing Stadium.
The ultra-rapid EV charging hub, which is located just off the M4 motorway, is switched on and ready to use, serving EV drivers travelling between the South West and London.
The charging site provides drivers with charging speeds of up to 160kW, allowing drivers to rapidly top up before continuing their journey. The addition of InstaVolt chargers at the Select Car Leasing stadium also offers customers to the nearby Reading Gate Retail Park the opportunity to re-charge.
It comes as InstaVolt, which is quickly installing its network across the UK, plans to have around 10,000 rapid chargers in place around the country by 2030.
Tim Kilpatrick, Head of Commercial, at Reading FC, said: ““We know there is work to be done to become more sustainable, to play our part and to lead the way when it comes to setting the right example and making practical, positive differences to the way we operate.
We take our responsibilities as a football club very seriously and I believe we can make an important contribution to making all our lives more sustainable.”
InstaVolt’s CEO, Adrian Keen, said: “Football clubs are central to the communities they serve, and we’re thrilled at being able to provide the Royals with eight ultra-rapid chargers that can be used by the public.
“With an extensive, fully nationwide network, EV drivers are never far away from an InstaVolt rapid charger. When embarking on a long journey, just a little bit of route planning in advance using search engines or a dedicated App for charging points like ZapMap or InstaVolt’s own App, makes life easier. And while you recharge your EV, recharge yourself: stretch your legs and enjoy a coffee or bite to eat from one of our nearby partners.”
Mark Tongue from Reading-based vehicle lease specialist Select Car Leasing, who are the principal partner of Reading FC and sponsor of the stadium itself, said: “I’m delighted to see InstaVolt’s new public rapid chargers being unveiled at the Select Car Leasing Stadium. The installation mirrors our own goal of driving down the cost of electric vehicle ownership for our customers, while also ensuring that driving an EV is as convenient and enjoyable as it is environmentally sustainable.
“Here at Select we’ve seen huge growth in customers choosing electric vehicles, with leasing being the perfect way to begin the journey to a more sustainable mobility solution. And with more EVs on the road, the need for ultra rapid chargers – like those offered by InstaVolt – are invaluable when you need a spot to stop and recharge.”
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