InstaVolt chargers at Reading Stadium

Ultra-rapid InstaVolt hub opens at Reading FC Select Car Leasing stadium

Nic Ryan

Eight ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) charge points have been activated by InstaVolt at the Select Car Leasing stadium in Reading.

Located just off the M4 motorway, the site is switched on and ready to serve EV drivers travelling between the South West and London. 

Charging speeds of up to 160kW are available, meaning that drivers can charge from 10 - 80% in as little as 30 minutes, depending on model and charging capacity.

InstaVolt has more than 1,300 charge points across the UK, they can be found within the Zapmap app or on the web map by filtering by network. 

As a Zapmap dynamic data partner, we provide our users with live status and availability for all of InstaVolt’s charge points.

“Working with InstaVolt, the UK’s leading EV rapid charger provider, is one of a number of exciting innovations we are involved in as we aim to increase our commitment to improving the environment,” said Tim Kilpatrick, Head of Commercial, at Reading FC.

“We know there is work to be done to become more sustainable, to play our part and to lead the way when it comes to setting the right example and making practical, positive differences to the way we operate. 

“We take our responsibilities as a football club very seriously and I believe we can make an important contribution to making all our lives more sustainable.”

InstaVolt’s chargers are powered using 100% renewable energy, it plans to have a network of 10,000 rapid chargers by 2030.

“Football clubs are central to the communities they serve, and we’re thrilled at being able to provide the Royals with eight ultra-rapid chargers that can be used by the public,” said InstaVolt’s CEO, Adrian Keen.

“With class-leading reliability of more than 99.9% and eight chargers on-site EV drivers can be confident that when they arrive at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, they’ll find an easy-to-use charger, with nearby driver amenities.”

“With an extensive, fully nationwide network, EV drivers are never far away from an InstaVolt rapid charger. 

“When embarking on a long journey, just a little bit of route planning in advance using search engines or a dedicated App for charging points like Zapmap or InstaVolt’s own App, makes life easier.

“And while you recharge your EV, recharge yourself: stretch your legs and enjoy a coffee or bite to eat from one of our nearby partners.”

Reading-based vehicle lease specialist Select Car Leasing is the Principal Partner of Reading FC and sponsor of the stadium itself.

“The installation mirrors our own goal of driving down the cost of electric vehicle ownership for our customers, while also ensuring that driving an EV is as convenient and enjoyable as it is environmentally sustainable,” said Mark Tongue, Joint CEO at Select.

“Here at Select we’ve seen huge growth in customers choosing electric vehicles, with leasing being the perfect way to begin the journey to a more sustainable mobility solution. 

“And with more EVs on the road, the need for ultra rapid chargers – like those offered by InstaVolt – are invaluable when you need a spot to stop and recharge.”