UK charging network operator InstaVolt is now installing the
Express 250 high-powered chargers, which boast a 125 kW charging capacity.
The first charger is now in the ground in Hampshire and new stations will
follow across the UK throughout the summer.
InstaVolt says its existing network of 50 kW rapid charging
stations will continue to charge the majority of vehicles on the road at their
max capacity. However, for vehicles that can handle higher charging rates, the
new chargers have the potential to halve charging time and add 125 miles of
range in just 15 minutes.
The network operator hopes the new chargers will be popular
with drivers of larger battery EVs just starting to hit the market, such as the
Mercedes Benz EQC, Jaguar I-PACE, and Audi e-tron, which are capable of
charging at up to 110 kW, 100 kW, and 150 kW respectively.
The ChargePoint Express 250 high-powered chargers can share
power dynamically between two units, meaning two cars can still charge
simultaneously at any dual-station location. As battery technology evolves, InstaVolt
can upgrade the stations to deliver even faster rates of charging.
InstaVolt will roll out the ChargePoint Express 250 chargers
across the UK over coming weeks and months. In some cases, InstaVolt will retrofit
the chargers at existing sites.
InstaVolt CFO Adrian Keen said, “This technology has the
potential to halve charging time for some of our users, which is incredibly
exciting. The electric vehicle space is moving at lightning pace and we’re
constantly working to ensure we’re prepared for the EVs of the future.”