Costa partners with InstaVolt to install rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers at up to 200 Costa Coffee Drive-Thru sites

Costa Coffee and electric vehicle charge point network, InstaVolt, have announced a partnership to install rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers at up to 200 Costa Coffee Drive-Thru sites across the UK. The partnership will see InstaVolt’s rapid chargers at new and existing stores, making it quick and easy for drivers to recharge while refuelling with coffee.

This is the perfect combination and will increase the accessibility of rapid charging technology. The chargers will deliver speeds of up to 120kW to EV owners across the UK. These rapid chargers will allow customers to add up to 100 miles (161km) in just 15 minutes.

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InstaVolt’s ‘open charger’ model enables anyone who visits any participating Costa Coffee Drive-Thru site to use its charging points on a pay-as-you-go basis and doesn’t require a subscription. This will boost visibility and ease of charging, which is often seen as a stumbling block to the adoption of driving electric.

This builds on Costa Coffee’s existing network of 176 EV charging points at selected locations across the UK. The partnership will further drive the brand’s efforts to support consumers in reducing carbon emissions.

Having become a founding signatory to the British Retail Consortium’s Climate Action Roadmap in 2020, the collaboration will also help Costa Coffee contribute to the retail sector’s ambition to achieve Net Zero by 2040 and support consumers as they try to live lower carbon lifestyles.

Adrian Keen, InstaVolt CEO, said: “We are on a mission to offer InstaVolt rapid chargers across easily accessible and popular locations throughout the country. This partnership with Costa Coffee will further support in the ever-increasing drive towards EV adoption across the UK.

“One of the biggest barriers to customers making the switch to green clean vehicles is often a perceived lack of public car charge points. We are proud to be partnering with such a well known and loved brand to build out the charging network and deliver industry leading charging technology to brand new locations.”

James Hamilton, Costa Coffee UK&I Property Director, said: “We want to ensure we’re playing our part in enhancing our customers’ experience as they switch to more sustainable models of transport in that all important step to tackle climate change.

“We are proud to partner with InstaVolt to embed charge points across multiple Drive-Thru locations, contributing to the UK’s ever-growing EV charging infrastructure. It’s exciting that in the time it takes for our consumers to order and enjoy their coffee, they can add an extra 100 miles (161km) in range and help our country reach its net-zero ambition.”

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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