ChargePoint And InstaVolt Ally To Bring Fast EV Charging To UK

Charging station supplier ChargePoint will be expanding its network in Europe.

Today the company said it is allying with UK-based InstaVolt to strategically roll out DC rapid charging locations. InstaVolt has agreed to purchase more than 200 ChargePoint rapid charger systems.

The partners hope to make long distance electric vehicle charging and travel time easier for drivers in the UK.

ChargePoint will make it happen through its Express Plus product features. The Express Plus charging system can be scaled as demand for power increases.

Express Plus is capable of delivering up to 400 kW to a single vehicle, and future EVs are expected to be compatible with so much current compared to today’s cars like the Chevy Bolt EV limited to 50 kW.

The current dump could come through joining together eight 125 kW chargers in what the company calls its “modular building block.”

Charging station owners in the UK can start small and add more power modules and stations to meet future demands.

The UK’s Department of Transport sees much growth coming in EV sales and the need for expanding charging infrastructure. While there are more than 90,000 EVs on its roads now, according to ChargePoint, that could climb up to 1.2 million by 2020. Two major challenges to cross will be addressing driver concerns over the plentitude of charging points and the ability to charge on a long trip.

InstaVolt planned for the new stations to be installed at popular routes across the UK to address their concerns.

“InstaVolt has raised millions to install a DC rapid charge network country-wide across the U.K.,” said Simon Lonsdale, vice president, business development for ChargePoint. “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.”

The companies said that the fast-charger network will reach more drivers as the network grows in scale, keeping InstaVolt’s investment “future proofed.”

Property owners will be given an incentive to bring in chargers with an opportunity to earn income.

“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,” said Tim Payne, CEO at InstaVolt.

InstaVolt can also report the UK government and public on how well the network is performing and contributions its making. That will come through real-time remote monitoring of stations and analytics reports provided by ChargePoint.

ChargePoint provides reporting on station use and greenhouse gas emissions being reduced.

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Last month, the U.S. charging network was able to secure $82 million in funding. Daimler led the funding drive, which was part of more than a $100 million-dollar Series G round. The investment was part of supporting the expansion of ChargePoint’s charging network into Europe.

In North America, the company operates more than 34,000 public charging ports. ChargePoint has partnered with more than 7,000 companies to offer charging to a wide variety of end users – company employees, fleets, and charging stations for tenants, the company said.


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