Instavolt lauds opening of UK’s largest public rapid charger motorway hub

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    Brydo
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    Instavolt has laid claim to the UK’s largest public rapid charger motorway hub as it opens a new electric vehicle (EV) charging site.

    The eight-bay hub is located at Welcome Break’s service area on the northbound carriageway of the M6 at Corley in the Midlands. A further seven rapid chargers are to open on Welcome Break’s southbound carriageway at Corley by the end of the month.

    The chargers form part of a £50 million investment by Instavolt to help meet its goal of installing 5,000 rapid EV chargers by 2025. It currently has 570 rapid chargers installed.

    The EV charging firm has signed agreements for chargers with a number of companies, including fast food chains KFC and McDonalds. The KFC partnership covers the installation of rapid chargers at up to 450 KFC drive thru restaurants in the UK, while the McDonalds partnership – announced in July 2020 – is for the installation of 125kW chargers at new and existing drive thru restaurants “where they can be accommodated” across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Instavolt’s chief executive officer, Adrian Keen, said the project at Welcome Break’s service areas marks “a significant step forward for EV drivers” as it allows them to take advantage of Instavolt’s contactless payment and “class leading reliability” on a motorway for the first time.

    He added that the M6 has particular importance for the company due to it being “one of the busiest and longest continuous motorways in the UK”.

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    Wigwam
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    Has nobody noticed what’s wrong with this picture?

    Fuel pumps are covered by a canopy so you don’t get wet when it’s raining. Why don’t these EV charging points?  Especially as water and electricity aren’t very good companions…

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    Headley

    It doesn’t look at all disabled friendly either.

    No wide bays to assist wheelchair transfer. It looks like the chargers are atop the kerb as well.

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    Wigwam
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    Yup, they’re on a kerb and the spaces are about as narrow as they could be.

    Drive a EV and get treated as a second class citizen by Instavolt.

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    gothitjulie
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    Might be worth bringing a disability discrimination test case against one of these providers.

    Also, some EVs have towing capabilities, how do you charge in these bays when you’re towing?

    If you look at the Fastned newtork in the Netherlands you’ll see that they’ve thought about such things years ago, so there’s no excuse for the UK to be making these mistakes.

    There is one upside to these chargers at Corby though, they are Instavolt chargers, second only to Tesla superchargers in reliability.

    Here’s a video that helps explain why there is finally some movement in the provision of chargers at motorway service areas (MSAs) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twSICy5kqWM

     

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    Donkey Oatie

    how long does a car have to sit on charge in comparison to petrol refuel?

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    gothitjulie
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    how long does a car have to sit on charge in comparison to petrol refuel?

    Well, at these Instavolt chargers at Corley it’ll probably take around 40 minutes to grab a decent charge as they are only the 50kW Rapid type, not the ultra rapids that are needed at a motorway service station. The reason for this though is the length of time it has taken to get the installation of these chargers started, the planning submissions started in 2018. 8 on one side, 7 on the other. PAP/2017/0616 approved 02/01/18 validity 3y. PAP/2018/0056 approved 12/03/18 validity 3y. PAP/2019/0047 approved 21/03/19 validity 3y. PAP/2020/0078 approved 25/03/20 validity 3y.

    Down the road at Junction 1 of the M6 is the new service station that will have 350kW EH (Ecotricity) chargers, although as they’ll be Ecotricity there’s a question as to will they be reliable or not. There will also be Tesla chargers & in the petrol station there will be two 150kW BP Pulse chargers.

     

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    Wigwam
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    The Instavolt chargers are at Corley Services on the M6, gothitjulie. So why not ultrarapid?

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    gothitjulie
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    The Instavolt chargers are at Corley Services on the M6, gothitjulie. So why not ultrarapid?

    Length of time these have been in planning, start of 2018 there were not really any EVs that could benefit from faster charging except for Tesla, and Tesla already have their own chargers.

    These old service stations also have major problems with existing Grid infrastructure, many are miles from a decent Grid connection & keeping everything down to 8 x 50kW = 400kW instead of 8 x 350kW = 2800kW will have been a consideration.

    Longer term the Government has made £900 million available for future Grid connections to MSAs (Motorway Service Areas) which will hopefully be “fat” enough to supply a lot more than 2800kW.

    So, we’re seeing these chargers as a stop-gap, the “we will have 6 chargers at every MSA by 2023” part of the story. We know this is an interim promise & that far larger numbers will be required by 2030, just look at the Tesla charger installations & the fact that they need to expand them already & you’ll get an idea, many already have more than 12 superchargers.

     

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