McDonald’s U.K. stated Monday that it was preparing to install fast charging points for electric cars at new drive-thru restaurants in the country.
The fast food giant is partnering with a firm called InstaVolt, which concentrates on the innovation. Charging facilities will likewise be introduced to existing drive-thru restaurants where feasible, with the innovation presented to new drive-thrus “as basic.”
In a statement Paul Pomroy, the CEO of McDonald’s U.K. & Ireland, said that appetite for electrical lorries, which he referred to as a “main part of the U.K.’s efforts to construct back greener post pandemic,” was 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,” he added.
McDonald’s said that the rapid charging technology from InstaVolt would be able to provide an 80% charge in under 20 minutes.
The pandemic has struck general U.K. car sales hard. FFigures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal that new vehicle registrations in May increased by 89% compared to 2019.
Last month did, nevertheless, see battery electrical vehicle registrations grow by 21.5%, a spurt the SMMT put down to “pre-orders of the latest premium models” being provided to consumers.
Prior to the pandemic disrupted the market, battery electric car registrations grew to 37,850 in 2019, according to the SMMT, an increase of 144% compared to 2018, when 15,510 were registered.
One potential barrier to electrical car uptake is “variety anxiety,” an idea that electrical cars are not able to carry out long journeys without losing power. Better charging facilities is viewed as being essential to combating this perception.
For its part, McDonald’s said that its partnership with InstaVolt would “increase accessibility of rapid charging for drivers across the U.K. by providing a network of convenient and recognisable locations beyond service stations, residential streets and workplaces.”
While Monday’s announcement associates with the U.K. market– which is already home to a variety of charging points at McDonald’s– the last few years have actually seen the company introduce charging centers to sites around the world, including the Netherlands, and Sweden.