InstaVolt has said its electric vehicle (EV) charging hub in Banbury, Oxfordshire is now one of the UK’s largest following the installation of eight new 150kW chargers.
The Alpitronic chargers have been installed alongside an existing eight 125kW chargers at the site, with work on the new chargers beginning in January 2022.
InstaVolt said this is in response to increased demand for rapid, easy to use chargepoints across the country, with the company aiming to grow its network to 10,000 rapid chargers by 2032. By this summer, it is hoping to have 1,000 rapid chargers on its network.
The company said that in the 12 months to March 2022, it has grown its network by 45%, with deals for EV charging rollouts with companies such as Costa Coffee, McDonald’s, Bannatyne Health Clubs and Booths Supermarkets forming part of its "active efforts" to improve EV charging infrastructure.
Alongside the new chargers, the overall services at the hub have also been upgraded, with additional lighting, wider access spaces and two longer spaces to accommodate the increasing number of electric vans and fleet vehicles.
There are also plans for seating on site and a small wildflower meadow to increase biodiversity and create a habitat for pollinating insects.
InstaVolt’s chief executive officer, Adrian Keen, said: "We know that the key to encouraging uptake of electric vehicles falls largely on the shoulders of organisations like InstaVolt who are instrumental in placing the infrastructure.
"We take great pride and pleasure in ensuring that this infrastructure is implemented to create the best user experience possible."
Earlier this year, it was announced that InstaVolt would be acquired by EQT Infrastructure V fund, with founding investor Zouk Capital exiting in full.