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InstaVolt opens its first ultra-rapid EV charging hub in Wales

Eight chargers have been installed at the Rhug Estate, which includes a cafe and on-site farm shop. Image: InstaVolt.

Eight chargers have been installed at the Rhug Estate, which includes a cafe and on-site farm shop. Image: InstaVolt.

InstaVolt has opened its latest ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging hub at the Rhug Estate, in Wales.

The site, which sits on the A5, includes eight ultra-rapid 120kW InstaVolt chargers, boosting EV facilities in an underserved part of Britain. According to a report from the Department for Transport in April 2022, Denbighshire has an exceptionally low ratio of EV charging devices to its population.

“As electric vehicle usage continues to rise, there is a significant desire for rapid charging points across Wales, to address the regional disparities that exist within the EV charging network,” said Adrian Keen, CEO of InstaVolt.

“Our work with the Rhug Estate fills an urgent geographical need for rapid EV charging, and we’re pleased to expand our footprint in the region with our first InstaVolt hub in Wales.”

The site has been opened ahead of the summer holiday period, with the companies anticipating increased demand due to staycations. It sits three miles west of Corwen, where traffic from Manchester and Chester meets the main A5, making it a strategic location for those visiting West Wales.

“It is great to be going live with our car charging points by InstaVolt, we have been asked by customers every day when they will be live so there has been a great deal of anticipation around the opening!” said Lord Newborough, owner of Rhug Estate.

“Rhug is the gateway to Snowdonia and the west coast of Wales, so it is a natural stopping off point to recharge your car and enjoy a nice break in the farm shop and café here.”

InstaVolt has increased its network of EV chargers by more than 45% in the past year, and is targeting 10,000 rapid EV chargers by 2032. In February, it announced a 1,000 rapid charger target for the summer, following the installation of its 700th charger.

It was acquired by EQT Infrastructure V fund in February, and has since received £110 million in senior debt financing, with both developments expected to help InstaVolt expand its network.

The company was named the UK’s best public charging network by Zap-Map for the fourth year in a row in 2022, and awarded “Private Sector Infrastructure Strategy of the Year” for the second year in a row at the EVIE awards, which are run by Current±’s publisher Solar Media.

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