Pod Point will now stock 150kW rapid chargers in anticipation of a wave of next-generation EVs with bigger batteries in what the company believes, to be a “UK first”.
Most commercially available EVs are limited to a maximum 50kW charge and a number of high-profile cars set to launch in 2018 and beyond will have increased battery capacity – but will only represent a small proportion of the market.
Pod Point feels that the pace of innovation and the falling cost of batteries suggests they will become more mainstream over time.
Pod Point chief executive, Erik Fairbairn, said: “It will always be most convenient for EV drivers to charge their cars while not in use, such as overnight at home or at the workplace.
"But, access to rapid charging is still vital for those making long journeys, and these high power rapids will be ideal to support the new wave of premium EVs with en-route highway charging.
“Using our high power 150kW rapids, an EV with a 90kWh battery would be able to charge from flat to 80% in under 30 minutes. It’s hugely exciting that Pod Point can now support the faster charging capabilities of this upcoming generation of EVs.”
Operators can also prepare for future advances in technology by specifying a 150kW+ transformer while installing 50kW chargepoints.
These chargepoints can then be increased to 150kW+ at a later date, avoiding costly infrastructure upgrades.
Pod Point plans to significantly expand its public charging network in 2018, with rapid chargers a key plank of its growth strategy.