Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure company InstaVolt has welcomed reports that the Government is going to make roadside pricing for electric vehicle charging "more consistent and transparent.”
Government Ministers say that the reforms, to be introduced early in 2017, will help to encourage more motorists to buy EVs. 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. The company is aiming to install more than 3000 rapid charge points across London and the UK by 2020.
“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” said InstaVolt CEO Tim Payne. “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.”
Mr Payne added that 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. InstaVolt, headquartered in Basingstoke, was established to challenge the status quo with a unique, no-subscription, no-membership fee approach. The company’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 percent charge in just 30 minutes with no subscription or membership needed.