InstaVolt is starting to install new ChargePoint Express 250 high-powered chargers, capable of up to 125kW charging, with the first now live in the English county of Hampshire.

As new vehicles enter the market with larger batteries and higher speed charging capacities, ChargePoint Express 250 ultra-rapid chargers and software will enable InstaVolt to be amongst the first in the UK to offer drivers charging speeds of up to 125kW.

This has the potential to halve charging time for drivers and can add 125 miles of range in just 15 minutes where the vehicle's battery can accept such charging rates.

The new charging technology is expected to be highly popular with drivers of larger battery EVs just starting to reach the market including the Mercedes Benz EQC, Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron, which are capable of charging at up to 110kW, 100kW and 150kW respectively.  

The chargers enable power to be shared dynamically between two units, meaning two cars can still charge simultaneously at any dual-station location. All deliver electricity from 100% renewable sources.

As at all of InstaVolt's existing charging stations, drivers can pay by tapping their contactless credit or debit card, something the government has recently said all networks should be capable of by spring 2020.

The new chargers will be rolled out across the UK over coming months. In some cases, they will be retrofitted at InstaVolt's existing sites.

InstaVolt claims to be one of the UK's favourite rapid charging networks.

In a Zap-Map survey last year, it was named as the top public network that can be used by multiple models of electric vehicle, with particular praise for its ease of use.

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