Pay-as-you-go and employee perk: latest EV charging point news

Electric vehicle charging provider Pod Point has won a three-year supplier agreement with Kier, one of Britain’s leading construction companies.

The agreement will see Pod Point provide chargepoint installations at Kier offices across the UK, including six twin 7kW charge points at its UK headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

As more Kier employees opt to drive plug-in vehicles, the partnership will also help employees install domestic charge points at their homes.

Kier said it has several successfully trialled several electric vans for its commercial fleet.

Pay-as-you-go

Meanwhile, Gofuels is working with EV charging firm InstaVolt to give customers access to pay-as-you-go, contactless charging.

InstaVolt has flicked the switch on its first rapid charger for the forecourt company at its site in Horwich and is currently installing another two at its site in Worsley, Manchester.

The 50kWh charging stations can get drivers topped up and back on the road in minutes and are available for any EV driver to use with no subscription or membership card needed.

Motorists simply tap their contactless credit or debit card, charge-up and go. Users are charged only for the electricity they use on a per-unit basis. There is no connection fee, minimum charge or monthly subscription fee.

InstaVolt installs and maintains the stations for free as well as paying landlords a rental income for the charging point.

Salim Patel, director at Gofuels, said: “It made perfect sense to partner with InstaVolt. It meant we could broaden our offering and cater for electric car drivers without that capital expenditure. It’s freed up that money for investment in other projects.”

Hybrid milestone

Toyota has delivered its two millionth hybrid electric vehicle in Europe with the sale of a C-HR Hybrid crossover to a customer in Warsaw, Poland. The milestone has been reached 18 years on from the debut of the original Prius as the first hybrid car to enter the European market.

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