UK McDonald’s Branches are Getting Electric Car Chargers

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We’re not sure how big the overlap in the Venn diagram between ‘drives an electric car’ and ‘eats at McDonald’s’ is, but apparently McDonald’s thinks it’s plenty big enough.

The company has announced it’s done a deal with InstaVolt to provide fast chargers at its drive-thru restaurants, of which there are about 900 in the UK.

Presumably the idea is that you either go through the drive-thru to get your food, then charge up as you eat it, or plug your car into the charger while you sit in the actual restaurant, coronavirus permitting. In other words, fuel for you, fuel for your car.

The InstaVolt power points deliver up to 125kW, which makes them fast chargers. McDonald’s says they can charge a car by up to 80 per cent in 20 minutes.

The deal was apparently inspired by McDonald’s-commissioned research into how to get more people driving EVs, to which a big answer was unsurprisingly “more places to plug them in.” New petrol and diesel cars are due for the government chop by 2035, so we really need to get our skates on in terms of providing the infrastructure.

If you’re wondering what any of this happens to do with McDonald’s, there are two answers: the company is interested in reducing its impact on the planet, offering electric and hybrid models as company cars, and then there’s the obvious – if McDonald’s has a charger and Burger King doesn’t, Mr Electric is going for a Big Mac.

Says Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s UK and Ireland:

“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.

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

Would an EV charging point convince you to eat at McDonald’s? Let us know in the comments. [TNW]

Main image: Willis Lam via Flickr CC

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