Costa Coffee and charge point network InstaVolt have announced a partnership to install rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers at up to 200 Costa Coffee Drive-Thru sites across the UK.
The partnership will see InstaVolt’s state-of-the-art rapid chargers placed at new and existing stores, making it quick and easy for drivers to recharge their EVs while refuelling with a Costa coffee. The new charging devices will add to the existing InstaVolt network of over 550 charging devices.
The companies’ efforts will increase the accessibility of rapid charging technology, delivering charging speeds of up to 120kW to EV owners across the UK. InstaVolt’s ‘open charger’ model enables anyone who visits any participating Costa Coffee Drive-Thru site to use its charging points on a pay-as-you-go basis, boosting visibility and ease of charging – often seen as a stumbling block to the adoption of EVs amongst consumers.
News of the forthcoming installations comes after InstaVolt worked with Welcome Break to open a rapid charging hub on the M6 in March. Furthermore, InstaVolt – which owns, installs and maintains rapid electric vehicle charging units all over the country – recently announced it is joining forces with the AA in an effort to support EV drivers across the UK.
Adrian Keen, Chief Executive Officer at InstaVolt, said:
“We are on a mission to offer InstaVolt rapid chargers across easily accessible and popular locations throughout the country. This partnership with Costa Coffee will further support in the ever-increasing drive towards EV adoption across the UK.
“One of the biggest barriers to customers making the switch to green clean vehicles is often a perceived lack of public car charge points. We are proud to be partnering with such a well known and loved brand to build out the charging network and deliver industry leading charging technology to brand new locations.”
James Hamilton, Costa Coffee UK&I Property Director, said:
“As the Nation’s Favourite Coffee Shop, we want to ensure we’re playing our part in enhancing our customers’ experience as they switch to more sustainable models of transport in that all important step to tackle climate change. As we continue to safely re-open our stores and deliver our ambitious UK&I growth plans, we are proud to partner with InstaVolt to embed charge points across multiple Drive-Thru locations, contributing to the UK’s ever-growing EV charging infrastructure.
“It’s exciting that in the time it takes for our consumers to order and enjoy their favourite Costa coffee, they can add an extra 100 miles in range and help our country reach its net-zero ambition.”
InstaVolt’s technology delivers rapid charge via a simple, contactless payment and doesn’t require a customer subscription. The 120 kW charge points can add 220 miles of range in half an hour.
In a recent Zap-Map survey, Instavolt came second overall for the third year running in the UK’s top ranking electric vehicle networks, also coming in top place for multi-brand networks.