Fastned To Install Multi-Charger Stations In UK

APR 28 2018 BY MARK KANE 10

Fastned won another tender in the UK to build and operate multi-charger fast charging stations in Newcastle and Sunderland.

Fastned fast charging station

The first station will be located within the Newcastle University’s Newcastle Helix site. The second one near the heart of the Sunderland.

Sunderland is the place from where all European Nissan LEAFs come from.

Both are to be equipped with six fast chargers, but only two in Newcastle will be 175 kW (350 kW enabled), the other 10 probably will be 50 kW.

The project cost is estimated at £4 million ($5.7 million).

Read Also – Fastned Installs First 350 kW Fast Chargers, 175 kW Units Too

According to Fastned, many more fast charging stations to be installed in UK in the future, including in the Greater London area where company also won a tender in 2017.

“Fastned has won a tender from the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and Newcastle University to realise two fast charging stations in the city centres of Newcastle and Sunderland. The “Go Ultra Low Filling Stations” will draw on Fastned’s experience of building iconic stations that allow multiple electric vehicles (EVs) of any make and model to charge as fast as they possibly can. Each station will house six fast chargers (known as “rapid” chargers in the UK), with two of those at the Newcastle University site being the latest 175kW (and 350kW enabled) chargers. These high powered chargers are capable of charging EVs up to 100 times faster than at home.

Drivers of many of the new EV models that will be released from 2018 onwards will now be able to add 125 miles of range to their cars in under ten minutes, while being sheltered by Fastned’s recognisable solar photovoltaic canopies. Meanwhile, all EVs already on the road will still be able to visit the stations to top up their batteries at their maximum charge rate.

As part of the agreement, Fastned will be collaborating closely with Newcastle University’s researchers to develop a greater understanding of the impact of EV charging on local electrical grids, and the potential roles for EVs and battery storage in the smart electrical grids of the future. At the same time, Fastned will work with NECA to research and understand business models for electric vehicle infrastructure in the region.

The Newcastle station will be located within the Newcastle University’s Newcastle Helix site, while the Sunderland station will be located near the heart of the city responsible for manufacturing the world’s most successful EV: the Nissan Leaf.

The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), and the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). Fastned will manage the stations’ design and construction, and operate and maintain them as part of its growing network.

Fastned aims to build many more multi-charger stations all around the UK over the next three years, giving freedom and flexibility to EV drivers, and helping to usher in a revolution in decarbonised transport. In 2017 Fastned also won a tender with Transport for London (TfL) to build and operate fast charging locations in the Greater London area. TfL is currently in the process of developing sites and making them available for Fastned and four other selected parties to bid for.”

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Speaking of the U.K. JoJo continues his trek…

Well produced video, and fun.

I wish Fastned would come to the US.

Yeah, I’ve said the same thing. But they have their hands full in Europe.
At least Electrify America is pioneering the next generation of fast charge infrastructure. Only thing I would like to see them add is a sweet looking solar roof canopy like Fastneds stations have.

Same here. Fastned has built a distinctive “look” to their stations. I could identify that canopy from half a mile away. I hope in the very least that EA does something similar. Solar + batteries would be icing on the cake.

I wish they would not only win projects, I wish they would finaly start build them. In Germany is still nothing to see of them.

Believe me, it takes years from planning to reality.

“Both are to be equipped with six fast chargers, but only two in Newcastle will be 175 kW (350 kW enabled), the other 10 probably will be 50 kW.”

WHY? with all the new EV’s coming out that will handle higher charge rates why are they still installing 50kW chargers??


A smarter thing would be to add chargers that can be used by multiple cars at the same time. Imagine a 350 kW charger with 4 outlets (kind of like Teslas 130-150 kW divided on two outlets).
Then it would basically be four 87,5 kW chargers on average but capable to charge with more power when needed.

Are you sure that’s not what they are doing already?