New eight-bay EV charging station on M6

Instavolt has opened a new eight-bay charging hub at the northbound Corley services on the M6, with a further seven bays due to open by the end of March for the southbound carriageway.

All the charging points are 50kW rapid chargers, and cost 35p per kWh to use.

Instavolt now operates 570 rapid chargers in the UK, and is aiming to get to 5,000 by 2025.

“Our project at Welcome Break marks a significant step forward for EV drivers who, for the first time, can now enjoy InstaVolt’s award winning contactless payment and class leading reliability on a motorway service area,” said Instavolt chief executive Adrian Keen.

Ford extends use of hack-proof key

Ford’s key fob that it claims is hack-proof has been extended to the Puma and Kuga models as well as the brand’s new Mustang Mach-e electric vehicle.

Keyless theftThe fob was introduced to the Fiesta and Focus models in 2019, and works by introducing a sleep mode when the key has been stationary for at least 40 seconds, ensuring it is not vulnerable to attempts to hack its signal to open and start a car.

“The online availability of devices, which have no place in public hands, has long been a problem for Ford, our industry and crime fighters,” said Simon Hurr, Ford security specialist. “We are pleased to extend our simple but effective solution, to help protect more owners of our most popular cars.”

More Outlander PHEVs for DEFRA

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has increased its fleet of Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrids, ordering a further 60 vehicles to add to the 36 it already has.

Mitsubishi Outlander DEFRA 2021DEFRA personnel using the vehicles are required to ensure the cars are fully charged every evening to maximise the electric-only running, which stands at an official 28 miles.

“We are very proud that DEFRA chose the Outlander PHEV Commercial for its fleet and that it has substantially increased its initial order demonstrates that used correctly, PHEVs can significantly lower any business’ carbon footprint and its running costs,” said David Rodriguez, sales & marketing director at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK. “While Mitsubishi Motors fully supports the move to carbon-neutral transport in the future, it has pioneered and championed the PHEV as an important transitional technology.”

 

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