UK EV charging
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InstaVolt is partnering with McDonald’s to roll-out electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging points across its drive-thru restaurants in the UK.

The partnership with InstaVolt includes the introduction of 125kW charging points at both new and existing drive-through restaurants within the McDonald’s estate where they can be accommodated.

The first wave of installations will be announced as they become available.

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The partnership, the first of its kind for a major UK restaurant chain, will provide a network of recognisable locations beyond service stations, residential streets and workplaces.

The announcement comes as the UK economy starts to rebuild post COVID-19 with a renewed focus on low carbon industries and infrastructure, and as more drivers consider EVs due to the dramatic improvement in air quality witnessed during lockdown.

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.

“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 125kW 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.”

Transport Minister Rachael Maclean said: “Being able to easily and quickly charge our electric cars as we go about our day-to-day lives is vital to encourage more people to make the switch to electric.

“This exciting partnership between InstaVolt and McDonald’s, an iconic household name, is essential as we strive to change people’s perceptions of electric vehicles. We want to make clean vehicles the new normal by installing rapid charge-points in busy, popular public spaces.”

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