InstaVolt charging station
ChargePoint announced a significant contract from British services company InstaVolt, which has decided to purchase more than 200 Express Plus charging stations for its premium EV network across the UK.
Express Plus stations are certainly robust in nature, and can output up to 400 kW of power (full details from the launch here).
It's the first major deal after ChargePoint's recent announcement about its expansion into Europe.
InstaVolt intends to build a nation-wide fast charging network for long distance travel that would be future-proof in terms of power level.
"The UK market itself is at an inflection point. There are more than 90,000 EVs on the road today but this could reach 1.2 million by 2020 according to the Department for Transport. However, one of the major driver concerns currently is the frequency of charging points and the ability to charge vehicles on long journeys. In response to this, ChargePoint’s Express Plus solutions will be installed by InstaVolt close to popular routes across the UK, enabling drivers to easily charge their vehicles during long journeys."
"ChargePoint Express Plus is a modular charging platform designed to scale as demand grows, which will allow InstaVolt to expand these initial sites to serve more drivers without stranded investment. Able to add hundreds of miles of range in as quick as 15 minutes, Express Plus Stations can charge current EVs at their maximum rate while being future proofed for the next-generation of electric vehicles."
InstaVolt charging station
Simon Lonsdale, Vice President, Business Development, ChargePoint, Inc. said:
“InstaVolt has raised millions to install a DC rapid charge network country-wide across the U.K. We are two companies that are committed to e-mobility in Europe, accelerating the driving revolution by making e-mobility a part of everyday life. InstaVolt is well positioned to help expand EV charging in the UK and are a great partner in this effort.”
Tim Payne, CEO at InstaVolt, said:
“We are delighted to partner with ChargePoint to deliver a best in class EV charging infrastructure. We own, install and maintain rapid electric vehicle charging units all over the country, giving landowners the opportunity to earn a rental income by housing them, and giving EV drivers access to the fastest charging available.
“ChargePoint will fulfil two important criteria for us: the charging units are future-proofed so the units can be configured to meet the precise requirements of any site and can be scaled incrementally as demand for higher rate charging increases. This is particularly important as EV manufacturers begin to bring out new models with increased battery capacity. We are also committed to making sure the units are working 24/7 and so the reliability of the ChargePoint solution is one of the cornerstones of our offer.”