Electric car drivers in Barry have received a boost this summer thanks to two rapid chargers that have been installed in the town by InstaVolt.
The company, one of the UK’s leaders in rapid charging, has installed two chargers at Waterfront Retail Park. They’ve been strategically placed there so drivers can make use of the local shops and cafes, which include a Morrisons, an Argos and a KFC, while their car charges up.
Unlike many other charging stations, all of InstaVolt’s are available for EV drivers to use on a pay-as-you-go basis with no subscription, card or membership needed. Drivers simply tap their contactless credit or debit card to pay. They can even use their smart watch or phone to pay if it’s set up for contactless payments.
The installation of more rapid chargers in Barry has been welcomed by many.
Local electric car driver Peter Sherry said: “It’s great to have more chargers in Barry. I tried them for the first time and it was so easy. You didn’t need to sign up or use a special card, it was just no fuss.”
Steve Williams, managing director of Barratt Homes, which is bringing hundreds of new homes to the area, said: “This is exactly the kind of forward-thinking infrastructure that we need in our towns and cities. As more and more people drive electric cars, it’s important they have enough places to charge up.”
Cllr Lis Burnett, Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “The Council is fully supportive of the benefits electric vehicles provide. Reducing carbon emissions is important and to that end we’ve introduced new policy that requires electric vehicle charging points be provided in new developments. This represents very welcome additional provision in Barry Waterfront and we hope to see more of the same across the Vale of Glamorgan.”
Jackie Tracey, Head of Commercial Partnerships at NewRiver REIT, owners of Waterfront Retail Park said: “We’re delighted to introduce two electric car charging stations at Waterfront Retail Park. Environmental sustainability is a core focus for NewRiver to ensure we are working to constantly to improve the communities we are invested in. Many of our shoppers are converting to electric cars so it’s important that we support and cater for them.
“Convenience is key for our shoppers and we have been working with InstaVolt across our retail portfolio to install rapid chargers after learning how popular its subscription-free, tap to pay chargers are with electric car drivers.”
InstaVolt is working at lightning pace to roll out the most user-friendly and reliable network of DC rapid electric vehicle chargers in the UK. Earlier this year it installed an impressive 72 chargers in just 30 days.
Its CEO, Tim Payne, says that Barry was an important location for it to focus on, with high demand for rapid chargers from local EV drivers as well as it being a top tourist destination.
According to the most recent data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), sales of battery electric vehicles in the year to May 2019 were up 60.2% on the same period last year, and with more manufacturers bringing electric vehicles to the market in the next 12 months this rate of growth is only set to increase.
Tim Payne, CEO of InstaVolt, said: “We’re excited to be adding to the rapid charging landscape in Barry. The number of people driving electric vehicles is on the rise and it’s important that the infrastructure is there for them to charge up. The reaction to our chargers from drivers locally has been very positive and it’s proof that a contactless payment, simple approach is the way forward.”
To find out more about InstaVolt and find your nearest rapid charger visit www.instavolt.co.uk