Costa Coffee and electric vehicle charge point network, InstaVolt, have announced a partnership to install rapid EV chargers at up to 200 Costa Coffee Drive-Thru sites across the UK.
The partnership will see InstaVolt’s rapid chargers placed at new and existing stores, making it quick and easy for drivers to recharge their EVs while refuelling with their Costa coffee.
The plan will increase the accessibility of rapid charging technology, delivering charging speeds of up to 120kW to EV owners across the UK. InstaVolt says its ‘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, boosting visibility and ease of charging – often seen as a stumbling block to the adoption of EVs amongst consumers.
Building on Costa Coffee’s existing network of 176 EV charging points at selected locations across the UK, the partnership aims to 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.
InstaVolt’s chief executive officer Adrian Keen 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.
“Our work with Costa Coffee will support in achieving the Government’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 and offer additional peace of mind to drivers wanting to speedily recharge their cars batteries while they pick up their favourite coffee. EV charging needs to ‘slip in’ to customers everyday lives, and by partnering with Costa Coffee, we’re able to take additional steps towards combatting range anxiety in the UK.”
Costa Coffee UK&I property director James Hamilton said: “As the ‘Nation’s Favourite Coffee Shop’, 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. As we continue to safely re-open our stores and deliver our ambitious UK&I growth plans, 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 favourite Costa coffee, they can add an extra 100 miles in range and help our country reach its net-zero ambition.”
InstaVolt says its technology delivers a rapid charge via a simple, contactless payment and doesn’t require a customer subscription. The 120 kW charge points can add 220 miles of range in half an hour.