More Fastned Charging Stations Coming To UK

MAR 16 2019 BY MARK KANE 6

Fastned gets a foothold for its network in the UK

Dutch company Fastned has very ambitious goals to build a European network of 1,000 fast charging stations and is already approaching 10% of the plan, having 88 stations up and running.

The expansions from the Netherlands progresses in a few directions – to Germany, UK, Belgium and Switzerland. Most recently, Fastned won a second tender in the UK for 5 more charging stations, which will be included in the network (although the infrastructure will be owned by the North East Joined Transport Committee).

Each of the five new stations in Gateshead, Blyth, Whitley Bay, Washington, and Kingston Park are to get initially two 50 kW fast chargers. Hopefully, it will be expanded at a later stage to 175 kW.

Fastned is already building two stations in the UK, which brings total to 7. More will be installed in the future.

“Fastned won a second tender in the UK led by the North East Joined Transport Committee. Fastned will build and operate five fast charging stations (hubs) for electric vehicles across the region. Each station will initially house two 50 kW fast chargers (known as “rapid” chargers in the UK) that will deliver 100% renewable electricity.

Fastned intends to build and operate the five fast charging stations in Gateshead, Blyth, Whitley Bay, Washington, and Kingston Park. These fast charging stations will enable fully electric cars to fast charge their batteries and will be added to Fastned’s European network. This network currently consist of 88 stations in the Netherlands and Germany and is expanding rapidly. Two other Fastned stations are currently under development in Newcastle and Sunderland as part of the Go Ultra Low NE programme.”

“The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The stations will be owned by the North East Joined Transport Committee. Fastned will manage the stations’ design and construction, and operate and maintain them as part of its growing network.”

Michiel Langezaal, CEO Fastned:

“Fastned was founded to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, so we are pleased we can start offering fast charging infrastructure in the North East of England. Reliable fast charging infrastructure will make fully electric vehicles just as practical as cars with internal combustion engines. Fastned has the ambition to build a European network of 1000 fast charging stations and aims to build more fast charging stations in the UK.

Councillor Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee and Leader of Gateshead Council:

“The five rapid charging hubs will help further establish the North East of England as a leader in electric mobility and are very good news for electric drivers in our region. The hubs can provide electric freedom and ease of travelling for local commuters, commercial fleets, and travellers passing through the region.”

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Does two DC chargers constitute a “hub”? They cannot be expecting many EVs if two chargers per town is enough.

I totally agree with you. Two Fast chargers per location seem to be the norm here unlike Tesla (Sic) but there are often more in an area than superchargers just operated by different companies. the number of 50kW and higher chargers in the UK has rapidly increased over the past two years but AFAIK most are just one or two per location. Time to think bigger, a lot bigger people.
It seems to me that FastNed is just dipping their toes in the water here. I’d probably use them if I didn’t live 300 miles from their current area of operations.

Thank you fastnet & the EU. Great news, makes me happy. They are already building 2 fastnet chargers ones at Newcastle helix close to central station & Newcastle College. If I remember correct those 2 were way faster then 5o kwh. I only wish they were 100 kwh ones or more which will be what our EV will be able to do when we buy one & is the new minimum standard charging speed of all new EV’s which are being released. This would be especially good since there are only 2 chargers a station. #northeast #welovetheEU #NCLvotedtoremain🇪🇺

I’d be more impressed if they expand eastward, you know, in the rest of the EU that wants to stay and wants to be in.

That’s good news, but capital constraints must be an issue. See the progress of Ionity meanwhile, 61 locations live and another 51 in progress just within the last year. However the more the merrier, and Fastnet seems to provide impeccable quality and service. https://ionity.evapi.de/#/

Geo-political restraints? Ionity is fighting hard to gain a monopoly. Look at the bidding/ownership constraints for this installation.