UK charging network operator InstaVolt is now installing the new ChargePoint Express 250 high-powered chargers, which boast a 125 kW charging capacity. The first charger is now in the ground in Hampshire and new stations will follow across the UK throughout the summer.
InstaVolt says its existing network of 50 kW rapid charging stations will continue to charge the majority of vehicles on the road at their max capacity. However, for vehicles that can handle higher charging rates, the new chargers have the potential to halve charging time and add 125 miles of range in just 15 minutes.
The network operator hopes the new chargers will be popular with drivers of larger battery EVs just starting to hit the market, such as the Mercedes Benz EQC, Jaguar I-PACE, and Audi e-tron, which are capable of charging at up to 110 kW, 100 kW, and 150 kW respectively.
The ChargePoint Express 250 high-powered chargers can share power dynamically between two units, meaning two cars can still charge simultaneously at any dual-station location. As battery technology evolves, InstaVolt can upgrade the stations to deliver even faster rates of charging.
InstaVolt will roll out the ChargePoint Express 250 chargers across the UK over coming weeks and months. In some cases, InstaVolt will retrofit the chargers at existing sites.
InstaVolt CFO Adrian Keen said, “This technology has the potential to halve charging time for some of our users, which is incredibly exciting. The electric vehicle space is moving at lightning pace and we’re constantly working to ensure we’re prepared for the EVs of the future.”