InstaVolt operates a rapid charging network, using a pay-as-you-go system to keep access easy. Installing units from US EV charging giant ChargePoint, InstaVolt plans to expand its rapid charging network across the UK.
No membership or subscription fees are required, and EV drivers simply use a contactless-enabled credit or debit card to access the point, removing even the need to download an app or sign up for an RFID card.
InstaVolt network costs
Membership cost: None
Cost per charge:35p per kWh used
No connection or subscription fees
To discover how much it will cost to charge an EV from an InstaVolt charge point, head to Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator. This allows you to select any new or used plug-in vehicle, and tailor elements – such as electricity cost and charge required – for personalised results.
InstaVolt network access
Access to the InstaVolt network is made via contactless-enabled credit/debit card, available from the driver’s bank should they not already have one. Payment is taken from the account linked to the card after the charge.
Should the user have no contactless-enabled bank card, they can call a freephone number displayed on the unit and activate/pay for the charge over the phone.
Finding InstaVolt points on Zap-Map
All InstaVolt points can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on the desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points operated by InstaVolt.
Charging types and speeds can be filtered too, showing only those points that are compatible with users’ cars.
Accessing points on other networks
Since InstaVolt points are accessed using a standard debit or credit card, there is no cross-network access other than on those units that also accept ‘tap-and-go’ card payments. To use other network’s points, drivers must first follow the same processes as any other customer.
InstaVolt installs, runs, and maintains ChargePoint units, which it operates on an ‘open charger’ model. The Basingstoke-based firm aims to make charging quick and easy, providing a system that is already set-up for any future UK Government legislation regarding accessibility.
There are currently more than 270 InstaVolt points on Zap-Map, with 540 connectors available for network customers.