Electric vehicle (EV) charging network InstaVolt is expanding its ultra-rapid charging hub in Banbury, Oxfordshire – doubling the number of chargers that currently exist on site in response to continued consumer demand.
The expansion of the popular charging site will see 16 new 120kW ultra-rapid chargers installed alongside the existing array of 16 rapid chargers. This will take the total number of chargers to 32, giving more drivers access to easy-to-use, reliable and rapid charge points on one of the UK’s busiest motorways.
The new chargers will sit behind the existing Banbury site, and minimal disruption will be experienced on site during the installation, meaning no chargers will be unavailable during construction of the project. The additional chargers are expected to be available to use from spring 2023.
Responding to industry demand and in line with the recently announced PAS1899 BSI standards for accessible charge points, the site extension will include four wider access bays and four fully accessible bays with the required 1.2m distancing in front of, and between the charge points. All 16 new chargers will be installed flush to the ground at the same level as the parking bay and the site will feature additional lighting throughout.
“InstaVolt is building rapid EV chargers to meet consumers’ needs and as a company, we go further than just installing charge points – we want to be industry leaders and ensure we’re building chargers that everyone can use,” said Adrian Keen, Chief Executive Officer at InstaVolt.
“By expanding our existing Banbury hub to include fully accessible charge points, we’re demonstrating our commitment to improving the industry’s accessibility issues, where we are able to do so.”
The extension of the Banbury hub forms part of InstaVolt’s infrastructure expansion plans following its acquisition by EQT earlier this year, and forms part of the organisation’s commitment to improve charging infrastructure and to meet growing demand for public EV chargers throughout the UK and Europe.
The additional chargers are expected to be available to use from spring 2023.
The company is working towards its target of 10,000 rapid EV chargers by 2032 and has already increased its network by nearly 50% in the last 12 months. The InstaVolt network currently comprises just over 900 charging devices across the country, according to the latest EV charging statistics from Zap-Map.
InstaVolt came in the top three of Zap-Map’s annual EV Charging Survey for the 4th year in a row, and also won “Private Sector Infrastructure of the Year” for the second consecutive year at the Electric Vehicle Innovation & Excellence (EVIE) Awards 2021.