InstaVolt installs chargers at Reading FC’s Select Car Leasing Stadium

Site Type

Commercial

Number of charging stations

Location

South East

The Story:

As they continue to lead the way as one of the UK’s most sustainable football clubs, Reading Football Club added eight ultra rapid chargers to the 24,000 capacity Select Car Leasing Stadium.

The installation followed a host of other sustainable actions put in place by the football club, including a partnership with the University of Reading to deliver a 10-point plan to begin reducing the club’s carbon footprint, solar panel options at its stadium, and supporting fans to recycle more on matchdays. In Novemeber 2022, Reading FC and the University were jointly shortlisted for ‘Sustainability in Sport Award’.

With a reputation for providing rapid charging infrastructure to major brands in the UK & Europe, Reading FC identified InstaVolt as the leading provider of fast, reliable rapid charging and an ideal partner for providing rapid charging at their home ground.

The Solution

InstaVolt and Reading FC recognised the huge potential of the site due to its excellent transport links, easy access and  host of amenities. Located just minutes off the M4 motorway, the site is an ideal stop for EV drivers travelling between the South West and London, as well providing quick access to Reading town centre.

The addition of InstaVolt chargers is also a major boost to commuter traffic heading to the neighbouring Reading Green Park, a large business hub and fast- growing housing development. The site perfectly suited the InstaVolt model to provide locations that offer EV drivers amenities to recharge themselves as well as their car, with a host of options available nearby at the Reading Gate Retail Park including; McDonalds, KFC, Costa Coffee and Itsu.

The Reward

Since implementation of the chargers the site has proved a huge success, with drivers enjoying the convenient location, just minutes off J11 of the M4, ease-of-access and abundance of chargers as an ideal spot to recharge.

Speaking on the installation of onsite chargers, Tim Kilpatrick Head of Commercial at Reading FC said:

“Working with InstaVolt, the UK’s leading EV rapid charger provider, is one of a number of exciting innovations we are involved in as we aim to increase our commitment to improving the environment.”

He added: “We know there is work to be done to become more sustainable, to play our part and to lead the way when it comes to setting the right example and making practical, positive differences to the way we operate. We take our responsibilities as a football club very seriously and I believe we can make an important contribution to making all our lives more sustainable”

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