InstaVolt has been named as a finalist in the Solent Business Awards, after impressing judges with its forward-thinking approach to electric vehicle charging.

The company has been shortlisted in the innovation of the year category and will now be in with a chance of picking up the coveted award in October.

InstaVolt’s approach to electric vehicle charging has been innovative since the outset. It was the first company to offer ‘fully open’ approach to public charging, meaning drivers don’t need to have memberships to several networks or carry multiple membership cards.

Drivers simply tap their contactless credit or debit card (or even smart watch) to pay.

The Government recently announced all charging stations will have to take this approach in the future, proving InstaVolt is way ahead of the curve.

Adrian Keen, CEO of InstaVolt, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this award and to be recognised for the innovative way we’re approaching rapid charging.

Peter Laurie, head of client relations at awards organiser The Business Magazine and chair of the judging panel, said: “The quality of all the companies impressed the judges. The finalists represent the cream of Solent businesses from start-ups to multi-billion-pound companies.”

The awards take place in Hampshire in October.

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