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InstaVolt to rollout rapid EV charging on low-grade agricultural land in NFU deal

InstaVolt opened a rapid charger motorway hub at Welcome Break’s service area on the northbound carriageway of the M6 earlier this year. Image: InstaVolt.

InstaVolt opened a rapid charger motorway hub at Welcome Break’s service area on the northbound carriageway of the M6 earlier this year. Image: InstaVolt.

InstaVolt is to rollout rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging for landowners and members of the farming community, having been selected as NFU Energy’s new rapid charging provider.

InstaVolt said that its expertise in identifying suitable locations will enable landowners and farmers to benefit from the conversion of low-grade land into valuable sites on the UK’s strategic road network.

It’s hoped that this will support the agricultural sector in diversifying, as well as work towards a more sustainable future. The installation of rapid chargers will also allow landowners and farmers to benefit from additional income.

“Through this new partnership our aim is to help facilitate the many infrastructure changes necessary to meet net zero, curb ‘range anxiety’ for our EV users and to provide substantial diversification opportunities to farmers and land-owners across the UK,” NFU Energy managing director Tim Crocker said.

Currently, the InstaVolt network has over 700 rapid and ultra-rapid EV chargers across the country, and has deals in place with McDonalds and Costa Coffee, where it is rolling out its 120kW charging units. It also partnered KFC in late 2020 for up to 450 rapid chargers at up to 450 KFC UK and Ireland sites.

The company is targeting the installation of 10,000 chargers by 2030, and earlier this year launched an app to help combat range anxiety, with this including a live map of InstaVolt’s charging network, a loyalty scheme that allows drivers to earn credits when they charge and the ability to track charging history.

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