InstaVolt has announced a partnership with McDonald’s to install the network’s rapid EV charge points at Drive Thru restaurants across the UK.
The public EV charging network specialises in rapid units, and the latest generation units are capable of ultra-rapid charging at up to 125 kW. These can keep recharging times to a minimum for the majority of EVs on UK roads.
Plans include the addition of InstaVolt units both at existing McDonald’s restaurants – where they can be accommodated – and new sites going forward. The first round of installations will be announced as they become available.
Paul Pomroy, CEO, McDonald’s UK & Ireland said: “Appetite for electric vehicles, which will be a central part of the UK’s efforts to build back greener post COVID-19, is growing. This partnership and ambition takes advantage of our scale, and is a real step forward for those already driving electric vehicles, as well as people considering making the switch.
“With over 1,300 restaurants our ambition would mean you would never be far from a charging point. As we look toward a return to normal service post-COVID-19, drivers will be able to pop in for a coffee or a meal and get an 80% charge in 20 minutes. Our ultimate ambition is to have more EV charging points on our premises than any other company in the UK and Ireland.”
Adrian Keen, InstaVolt’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re committed to making our network the simplest to use with contactless payment – without the need to sign up for an account – and our 125 kW chargers are amongst the fastest and most reliable in the UK.
“Research shows that drivers need to be confident that fast, reliable and simple to use charging infrastructure is never far away, and this partnership will deliver that confidence to drivers nationwide.”
InstaVolt is one of Zap-Map’s dynamic data partners, allowing users to view up-to-date status information on the network’s charge points. As the new points go live, they will appear on Zap-Map, with status updates showing drivers whether a charge point is available, in use, or out of service.