WITH more motorists thinking consciously about their carbon emissions, a Basingstoke business as installed its some of its first public electrically charge points.

InstaVolt, based in Chineham Business Park recently installed two rapid Electronic Vehicle (EV) chargers in the Lee-on-the-Solent area and will be able to take cars to 80 per cent charge within just 30 minutes.

The installation is part of the businesses to encourage more people to use EV’s.

As part of the partnership with Rusdene Services, which operates the Hampshire based station, InstaVolt has installed the two charge points for free, It also owns and operates the chargers at no cost to Rusdene Services. It even pays Rusdene Services a rental income in return for leasing them space on which to house the chargers

Tim Payne, CEO of InstaVolt, says its work with The Rusdene BP station Lee-on-the-Solent is proof that forecourts don’t need to pay a penny to install EV chargers.

Mr Payne said: ““We see petrol forecourts as playing a very important role in the electric vehicle revolution in years to come. Far from becoming defunct as we go electric, we believe forecourts will evolve and provide the same service that they do today, just in a slightly different way.

“They’ll still be helping people top up and get back on the road. The only difference is motorists will be topping up with electricity instead of petrol or diesel.”

The chargers at Lee-on-the-Solent will be available for electric vehicle drivers to use on a subscription free, pay-as-you-go basis. 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.

Oli Lodge, managing director of Rusdene Services added: “It’s been a really easy process installing them so we’re definitely looking to roll out more.

“InstaVolt has taken care of everything from the planning and installation to footing the bill. Installing more really is an obvious choice for us.”