McDonald’s to install electric car charge points

McDonald's to install electric vehicle charging points

Need to refuel? Now you can charge your electric vehicle while munching through your Big Mac at the same time…

Fast food giant McDonald’s has announced plans to install hundreds of electric car charge points at various sites up and down the country.

Diners will soon be able to plug their cars into new EV ports that will provide up to 80% charge in under 20 minutes.

Fast food, fast charge

According to research commissioned by the fast food chain, over half of drivers cite a current lack of charging points as a big factor in their decision not to go electric.

Two-thirds of drivers say they would consider the switch if there was better access to charging points.

This project, a McDonald’s partnership with InstaVolt, will give EV drivers more places to stop off, with over 1,300 sites providing fast food and fast charging across the UK.

The policy will also help McDonald’s staff, who are offered electric or hybrid vehicles if they’re eligible for a company car.

Paul Pomroy, CEO at McDonald’s UK and Ireland, said: “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.”

Pledge to ban polluting cars

The Government has pledged to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 – brought forward from 2040 by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of a commitment to achieve virtually zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Thousands of new charging points will be needed across the UK to cater for the mass conversion to electric-powered vehicles.

Mr Pomroy added: “Appetite for electric vehicles, which will be a central part of the UK’s efforts to build back greener post Covid-19, is growing.

“Our ultimate ambition is to have more EV charging points on our premises than any other company in the UK and Ireland.”

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