McDonald’s Drive-Thrus set for rapid EV charging points

McDonald’s has joined forces with InstaVolt to rollout electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging points across its Drive Thru restaurants in the UK.

Confirming the partnership on 29 June, InstaVolt said it was the first of its kind for a major UK restaurant chain and marked a “huge stride forward” for EV charging infrastructure. Charging points will be introduced at both new and existing McDonald’s Drive Thru restaurants, increasing the accessibility of rapid charging for drivers across the UK beyond service stations, resident streets and workplaces. InstaVolt’s rapid charging points are among the fastest in the UK, capable of charging at 125kW.

Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s UK & Ireland, said that its ultimate ambition is to have more EV charging points on its premises than any other company in the UK and Ireland.

Pomroy added: “With over 1,300 restaurants our ambition would mean you would never be far from a charging point. As we look toward a return to normal service post-COVID19, drivers will be able to pop in for a coffee or a meal and get an 80% charge in 20 minutes. We are known for speed and convenience, and this partnership with InstaVolt will provide just that for EV drivers.”