InstaVolt has opened what it claims to be the UK’s largest public rapid charger hub, on the M6 in the Midlands. There are eight bays at Welcome Break’s service area on the Northbound carriageway of the M6 at Corley, which is located South of the M6 toll road (although we’re wondering if the UK’s largest public rapid charger hub is correct compared to, for instance, GRIDSERVE’s Essex site for 36 vehicles).
A further seven rapid chargers will open on Welcome Break’s Southbound carriageway at Corley by the end of the month.
And there’s even better news: multi-award winning InstaVolt has built its reputation with the straightforward premise that charging an EV should be quick and easy, so InstaVolt operates an ‘open charger’ model, meaning that anyone can use its charging points on a pay-as-you-go basis. No monthly subscription and no membership cards are required, with drivers just needing a contactless payment card to start a charging session.
InstaVolt says that motorways face growing criticism from electric vehicle drivers for the lack of fast, reliable, clean and easy to use chargers on the UK’s most important road network. Green Car Guide has already agreed with this view in our response to the government’s public EV charging consultation. Due to their ideal location on the M6 at Corley, just these two charger hubs alone could make a huge difference to people driving EVs from the North West to the South East. Had these hubs existed a few months ago, it would have avoided us arriving home with minus 3 miles of battery charge in our Honda e. This shows how such new rapid chargers, when located intelligently, can really make a difference in helping more drivers to transition to EVs.
Drivers can enjoy a range of amenities at the Corley service area whilst they charge, including Waitrose, Starbucks and KFC.
With 570 rapid chargers already installed, these latest hubs are part of a £50m investment by InstaVolt in its drive to install 5,000 rapid EV chargers by 2025.
InstaVolt’s Chief Executive Officer Adrian Keen said: “Our project at Welcome Break marks a significant step forward for EV drivers who, for the first time, can now enjoy InstaVolt’s award winning contactless payment and class-leading reliability at a motorway service area.
Adrian continued: “The M6 has particular importance to us as it is one of the busiest and longest continuous motorways in the UK, serving the country’s second city, Birmingham, while bypassing Coventry and the market town of Rugby.”
John Diviney, CEO of Welcome Break, said: “We are delighted to embark on this project with InstaVolt and to support our customers’ growing demand for EV charging points at our service areas. As the leading provider of EV charge points on the motorway network, we are glad to be playing our part in the EV rollout across the UK and look forward to welcoming customers who will be able to enjoy the many amenities that Welcome Break has to offer while charging their vehicles.”
This announcement marks an important development after the government’s recent pledge to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030.
To find your nearest InstaVolt charger visit: http://instavolt.co.uk/find-a-charge-point/.
For more information on Welcome Break visit: www.welcomebreak.co.uk.