Fastned Wins Key Toilet Charging Battle

JAN 23 2019 BY DOMENICK YONEY 15

Customers will now be able to go after they stop.

Fastned is in a fight. The Dutch company has been working to build an extensive charging network that serves up renewable energy as fuel. Now it has dozens of locations along highways in the Netherlands, but it’s also expanded into Germany and has larger aspirations. Like any network of roadside refueling places, it wants its customers to be able to enjoy a few amenities. For instance, a shop with snacks, coffee, and, well, toilets. EV drivers are still humans after all. If you were thinking this is something the Netherland’s Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment could get behind, well, you’d be wrong. Fortunately, all’s well that ends well.

The fast-charging outfit had permits for facilities at two locations denied by the Minister. Though it might not seem the end of the world, the knock-on effect of that decision was that it created doubt about whether Fastned would be able to implement reasonable facilities at other locations as well. Luckily, there was a way forward.

Fastned appealed the permit denial with the Dutch Council of State and won. It is hoped this result will impress upon the Ministry that, like their petrol counterparts, EV charging locations need amenities. Perhaps more so, as the need to push the adoption of electric transport is critically urgent. Said the Fastned co-founder, Michiel Langezaal, of the decision

This is very good news for electric drivers. They want to drink a cup of coffee and go to the toilet, just like people with a gasoline car.

Indeed, the Netherlands has itself set a goal of 100 percent of the cars sold within its borders being electric by 2030. Considering the amount of change that needs to happen, there’s not really time to flush down the drain.

Source: Fastned

 

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There has got to be a link to “the rest of the story” (as the late Paul Harvey used to say). This is just weird.

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It got Flushed………lol

Don’t mean a link to “the restroom of the story.” 🤣

The Dutch government tries to protect mainly Shell. After all, they gave Shell permission to install fast chargers, also in locations that already have a Fastned station, even though for years Shell tried its very best to hinder Fastned co-locating next to Shell gas stations while itself not being interested at all in EV charging. But now Shell is a green company!

Thanks. The article didn’t make clear why Fastned was denied a permit. It’s really not obvious to people who don’t live in Europe. I suppose in the U.S., a charging provider might have a hard time building on gas station property, but there is usually a nearby strip mall (small shopping center) that will be happy to sell or give away a few parking spaces for charging stations.

“Like any network of roadside refueling places, it wants its customers to be able to enjoy a few amenities. . . Fortunately, there’s a happy ending.”

You might want to consider rewording that part. Just sayin’. 😉

Bahahaha. Nice!

There are more than a few chargers in Germany and Austria that are nearby brothels (eros towers).

Amenity is not needed for ICE head that don’t have more than 5 minutes to fill up, because longer fill is wasting time driving thousand miles a day….. don’t they?

Well, finally, the proof that they are human species.

Minister level permission need to build a blood toilet? What kind of bureaucracy is that?

Very nice to see the stupid minister overpowered. Go FastNet!

FastNet is a bit of rock and an area of Sea off the coast of Southern Ireland. I think you actually meant FastNed… 🙂 🙂

It’s a bit of a weird story. The locations are at national highways. The Oil companies get/buy permits for a set amount of years to sell their products. A few years ago permits were sold for charging stations. FastNed bought a lot of those permits to build charging stations at those highway locations, where there already were gas stations. (And surprise, surprise, years later: now Shell also builds them at their stations, at the same FastNed locations.. Permit? No Problem! OMG they get away with everything so easy..) Now FastNed also wanted to build a coffee shop and toilet room, but that was not part of the permit according to the government. Even though it was allowed at the gas station. FastNed ofcourse did not agree, but the government part that manages highways was very reluctant due to “safety issues”. (They are also very reluctant to hang signs for FastNed charging stations along the highway due to “cost”, even though signs for gas stations are always present.) Anyhow, now the final word is in. They are allowed to build a coffeehouse and restroom of their own. Which is much more convenient, because the gas station services were not always very… Read more »

Benedictus, thanks for actually providing the story!
To InsideEVs editorial staff: The article shouldn’t have been published without the backstory.

I’d much prefer that they place their chargers near already existing amenities like good places to eat (and that usually have very clean wc’s).