InstaVolt plugs into Octopus Electroverse in charge towards EV future
- UK’s largest ultra-rapid charge point operator joins Octopus Electroverse
- Octopus’ revolutionary roaming service simplifies on-the-go EV charging
- InstaVolt has 1,300+ EV chargers in the UK - and is expanding internationally
- Joins 580+ other charge point brands available to drivers on Electroverse
London, 28 September 2023 - Octopus Energy’s cutting-edge electric vehicle (EV) roaming service welcomes InstaVolt onto its Electroverse platform to make charging even easier for drivers.
Octopus Electroverse makes EV charging simple by giving access to over half a million public charge points globally at just one tap. It now serves one in four EV drivers in the UK – more than any other public charging service in the country.
InstaVolt joins over 580 charge point operator brands drivers can access on Octopus Electroverse, including IONITY, Osprey, Mer, Fastned, Source London, Connected Kerb and Genie Point.
InstaVolt is the UK’s largest ultra-rapid public charging network, operating 1,300+ ultra-rapid and rapid charge points across 550+ locations up and down the UK.
An ultra-rapid charge point can charge an average EV from 20% to 80% in 15-20 minutes - enough time for a quick coffee break.
InstaVolt’s UK charge points can be found at popular locations where drivers want to stop, such as retail and hospitality services including Costa Coffee, McDonald’s, Booths Supermarkets and Bannatyne Health Clubs.
Their ambition has always been to give drivers confidence when making the switch to an EV, and the company is recognised as one of the UK’s most reliable networks, with industry-leading availability of 99.9%. It is also expanding internationally, with sites in Iceland, and future plans to enter Spain, Portugal and Ireland.
This latest deal comes as Britain continues to break EV records. In August, EVs took the highest monthly share of new car registrations, making up 20% of new cars on the roads*.
Matt Davies, Director at Octopus Electroverse, said: “As more drivers switch to electric, we’re making charging on-the-go as slick as possible. We already have over 580 charge point operators on Octopus Electroverse and we’re incredibly excited to welcome InstaVolt on board. Their award-winning ultra-rapid and rapid charge points are a brilliant addition for drivers to access on Electroverse as we accelerate the drive toward a green energy system.”
Adrian Keen, CEO at InstaVolt, said: “Record numbers of UK drivers are deciding to make the switch to EVs, and as a business we are committed to improving the charging experience for customers with plans to install 10,000 chargers by 2030. Our partnership with Octopus Electroverse is yet another important step towards decarbonising the UK’s roads and provides more options for EV drivers needing to charge. The Electroverse tech is industry leading, and the interactivity creates a seamless experience for users. 2023 is shaping up to be an exciting year for InstaVolt, and this collaboration is yet another fantastic opportunity to build our offering for our customers."
Electroverse also offers embedded features to drastically improve the charging experience, including an interactive global map showing chargers’ availability, a route-planner, in-car support with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Plug and Charge support, and more.
Notes to editors:
Please note: For a short time, some InstaVolt charge points can only be accessed by the Electroverse app (and not the physical Electrocard); these will be clearly signposted in the app - so all drivers need to do is open the charge point information tab in the app.
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About Octopus Electroverse
Launched in summer 2020, Octopus Electroverse is Octopus’ answer to the frequent complaint that Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers need many different apps and cards to use the many different brands of EV charging stations. Electroverse is making public charging simple by having just one card and one app, with zero added costs or ongoing fees, and support for the latest in-car technology.
EV drivers across the globe can now access over 590,000 different charge points from more than 575 different charging operators. Electroverse is open to anyone, and Octopus Energy customers have the option of linking their public EV charging with their home energy bill for the ultimate simplicity. Electroverse won ‘Best EV Innovation’ at Driving Electric Awards 2021, ‘Best Use of Technology’ at UK Business & Innovations Awards 2022, and Auto Express’s 2023 ‘Best Buy’ EV charging app. For more information on Electroverse, head to our website.
About Octopus Energy Group
Octopus Energy is a global energy and technology group, driving the affordable, green energy system of the future. Its operations span 15 countries and the entire energy value chain. The group invests in, builds and flexibly manages renewable energy, operating a £6 billion portfolio of projects – one of Europe’s largest.
Octopus serves 5.4 million customers through its retail arm, and has licensed its advanced data and machine learning platform, Kraken, to support 30 million customer accounts worldwide through licensing deals with energy companies, including EDF, E.ON and Origin Energy. Kraken enables Octopus to drive the electrification of heat and transport through smart tariffs and innovative cleantech. Backed by pension funds, investors and energy giants, Octopus Energy Group businesses deliver cheaper, greener energy and cutting-edge tech to countries and customers worldwide. For more information, check out our website.
InstaVolt owns, installs, and maintains rapid electric vehicle charging units nationwide, giving landowners the opportunity to earn a rental income by housing them, and giving EV drivers access to the rapid public charging. It believes that charging an electric vehicle should be quick and easy. It’s why, unlike many other companies, InstaVolt operates an ‘open charger’ model, so anyone can use its charging points on a pay-as-you-go basis. No membership cards are required.
At the company’s core is a mission to make the UK an easier place to recharge – meaning more electric vehicles on the road and better air quality for all. InstaVolt’s achievements have been recognised by the industry and drivers alike. To read more, visit www.instavolt.co.uk.
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