Rapid charging company InstaVolt has launched a new app to help combat range anxiety.
The app is designed to offer additional functionality to electric vehicle (EV) drivers, including a live map of InstaVolt’s charging network, a loyalty scheme that allows drivers to earn credits when they charge and the ability to track charging history.
The launch follows recent concern around the uptake of EVs, and the widening rollout of charge points across Britain. A report from the Public Accounts Committee earlier this month for example said the government has a “mountain to climb” to reach its goal of phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and for all new cars to be zero-emission by 2035.
Pointing to the criticism, Adrian Keen, chief executive officer of InstaVolt, said while it appreciates the concerns raised, “we would argue a huge amount is being done to improve charging access in the UK and fight range anxiety amongst drivers by networks such as InstaVolt".
"Our newly designed app - which is entirely optional - will help motorists quickly locate rapid charge points, wherever their location, and our loyalty scheme will incentivise and reward our regular customers.”
The app will additionally be used to promote InstaVolt’s partnerships and offer deals. Its launch follows a flurry of recent partnerships signed by the company, including with Costa Coffee to install rapid-chargers at 200 drive-thru sites and car subscription service Onto, as well has having ongoing partnerships with the likes of KFC and McDonalds.
InstaVolt now has over 600 chargers on its network nationwide, and in March celebrated a record breaking month of installations with 62 rapid chargers set live.
Current± recently caught up with Keen to discuss the company’s work rolling out public rapid charger motorway hubs and its increasing number of partnerships.