InstaVolt welcomes Government’s call for “consistency and transparency” over EV charging.

InstaVolt, which is looking to install more than 3000 rapid charge points across London and the UK by 2020, has welcomed reports that the Government is going to make roadside pricing for electric vehicle charging “more consistent and transparent.”

Ministers say the reforms, set to be introduced early in the new year (2017), will help encourage more motorists to buy electric vehicles.

InstaVolt agrees that change is needed and says it would welcome the opportunity of sharing its knowledge of the market to help shape the future landscape of electric vehicle charging within the UK.

CEO Tim Payne said: “Any new charging infrastructure is borne out of an entrepreneurial approach and an initial grant funded system, therefore it’s logical the Government should now create some standards to drive forward the electrification of our transport system. It’s important too that those standards don’t stifle the Government’s own ambitions of encouraging more people to purchase electric vehicles.

“We believe that the money paid to charge a vehicle should be clear, fair, and directly proportionate to the actual charge the battery receives. As with traditional forms of energy supply it should also be proportionate to the quality of and reliability of the service the organisation provides.”

InstaVolt, headquartered in Basingstoke, is already challenging the status quo after being formed with the specific mission of making it easier and simpler to charge electric cars.

Unlike many other providers, InstaVolt’s ‘open charger’ model allows anyone to use its charging points on a pay-as-you-go basis. The 50kW rapid charging units can provide an 80% charge in just 30 minutes and no subscription or membership is needed.

CEO Tim Payne concluded: “One of the biggest barriers to people buying electric vehicles is the fear of not being able to charge up. There is a real lack of access to rapid charging points that are simple to use and available on a pay-as-you-go basis. That’s why we came into the market to challenge the status quo, with our unique no-subscription, no-membership fee approach.

“We welcome the Government’s call for the industry to take a similar approach and make rapid charging costs more transparent.”

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