McDonald’s to install electric car charge points
McDonald’s plan to install electric car charge points at its UK and Irish sites
The fast-food giant has said that you will soon be able to charge up your electric car at a McDonalds in the near future.
McDonald’s drive-thrus will have hundreds of charging points installed at its UK sites and most likely this will be rolled out in Ireland as well.
Their plan is that while you are chomping on your Big Mac and fries, you can be charging up.
This would seem to be a good business idea as we can be positive that you won't be able to charge up unless you buy your food from them.
McDonalds have disclosed that they will partner with InstaVolt when installing their charge points which will be able to provide up to an 80% charge in under 20 minutes.
It would seem that this decision to roll out charging points at all of McDonalds sites is part of the UK Governments’ plan to meet their target of banning all petrol and diesel cars from 2035.
The project, which is a partnership with InstaVolt, will give drivers many more places to stop off when travelling up and down the country.
Thousands of electric vehicle charging points will be needed to cover the UK if the Government is to hit its target to ban all new petrol and diesel in the next fifteeen years.
Surveys have revealed that more than half of drivers who do not have an electric car said they did not have one because of the lack of infrastructure.
The huge barrier at the moment is the low number of charging points, and especially ones that work. Two-thirds of people surveyed said they would consider switching if there was a reliable charging network.
McDonald’s has 1,300 sites all across the UK, so if the roll out happens, this will be a huge boost to adoption of EV technology. The UK and Ireland CEO of McDonald’s, Paul Pomroy said:
“Appetite for electric vehicles, which will be a central part of the UK’s efforts to build back greener post Covid-19, is growing,”
“This partnership and ambition takes advantage of our scale, and is a real step forward for those already driving electric vehicles, as well as people considering making the switch.
“With over 1,300 restaurants our ambition would mean you would never be far from a charging point.”
He went on to say: “Our ultimate ambition is to have more EV charging points on our premises than any other company in the UK and Ireland.”