InstaVolt has pledged to expand its network of electric vehicle charge points with the planned installation of 10,000 units by 2030.
According to InstaVolt, its network has experienced record month-on-month growth since lockdown restrictions eased earlier in the year and is expanding existing sites to cope with demand.
The announcement follows the news of the company’s fastest chargers yet, with the new units will reduce charging time by up to 50% compared to a 50kW charger. The chargers can add over 100 miles of range in just 15 minutes and will be deployed across all future installations, including InstaVolt’s McDonalds and Costa Coffee sites nationwide.
As well as its target to install 10,000 new chargers before the end of the decade, InstaVolt has also pledged to expanding its product range, with the company expecting to include AC charger units within its network for the first time and grow its power capabilities to 150kW.
The network also plans to install rapid chargers in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland through its existing corporate partnerships, in response to increased concern that charging infrastructure in both areas is lacking.
InstaVolt’s chief executive officer, Adrian Keen, said: “I’m a big believer that we have to do more as an industry to improve confidence in the public charging network if we’re going to encourage drivers to adopt EVs. This involves changing the rhetoric that the public infrastructure isn’t fit for purpose. We changed the perception of public charging for the better when we installed our first chargers in 2017 and redefined what the customers expect in terms of reliability and ease of use. Now, we’re on track to deliver or exceed our earlier pledge of 5,000 rapid chargers by 2025 and are extending that plan to 10,000 units by 2030. Drivers trust us and our brand, and this is more reason to move away from fossil fuels.
“As cars have returned to the roads post-lockdown, our network utilisation has rocketed, exceeding our own expectations. We’re delivering close to 1.5GWh per month – which is 100% from renewable sources – and we’re installing new chargers weekly. That’s almost 6 million miles of emissions free driving, which is making a sizeable dent in transports carbon emissions. Now we’re taking our network to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in response to growing customer demand in those regions.”