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Manchester shopping centre powers up its offering to shoppers

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Users are charged only for the electricity they use on a per-unit basis

Shoppers in Manchester can now charge their electric cars in the short time it takes to pick up some groceries and grab a coffee.

InstaVolt has installed a pair of rapid electric car chargers at Lime Square shopping centre, meaning drivers can charge up while they do their shopping or visit the gym.

Unlike many other charging stations, drivers don’t need to have a card or subscription to use the InstaVolt stations; they simply tap their contactless credit or debit card, charge up and get back on the road.

Users are charged only for the electricity they use on a per-unit basis. There is no connection fee, minimum charge or monthly subscription fee.

James Shepherd, Estates Director at Dransfield Properties, which owns and manages Lime Square, said: “Sales of electric cars are on the rise and we’re really seeing that reflected on the ground here in Manchester. We’re delighted to be able to offer shoppers this new service. They’ll find the InstaVolt chargers very fast and easy to use.”

Tim Payne, CEO of InstaVolt, added: “As more and more people drive electric vehicles, having a network of places where they can charge up en route, such as shopping centres, will be incredibly important.

“We’re thrilled to bring our rapid chargers to shoppers in Manchester.”