Fastned co-founders Michiel Langezaal and Bart Lubbers (credit Roos Korthals Altes)
Fastned recently opened its 50th fast charging station in the Netherlands.
The Dutch company intends to build a nationwide fast charging network with multi-standard chargers (currently 50 kW and higher power in the future) along highways. There is also a plan to expand the network to city centers (five stations to be installed in Hague).
The next step is a European network, which could quickly come true, if for example, German carmakers support the expansion as a quick way to establish 150 kW charging network for upcoming long-range models with CCS inlet.
"Amsterdam, 21 January 2016. Fastned, which is building a European network of fast-charging stations where all electric cars can charge, has opened its 50th station along the highway. This station marks the beginning of national fast charging coverage. This network gives electric drivers the freedom to travel throughout the Netherlands. Former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende officially opened the station together with alderman Derk Alssema of the municipality Goes in Zeeland."
Fastned released some interesting stats about their network in the fourth quarter:
- 50th station in January 2016 (11 installed in Q4)
- revenue growth by 340% year-over-year
- energy dispenced growth by 374% year-over-year
- the stations have an uptime of over 99,99%
- number of all-electric cars increased in 2015 by 37%
"Fastned is growing because customers charge more kWhs, and the number of Fastned stations has increased in 2015. In the fourth quarter the volume grew faster than the revenue, because of a last year introduced offer whereby customers can experience fast charging at Fastned for free during the first month."
Michiel Langezaal, CEO of Fastned, stated:
"We are the first player that builds a network fast-charging stations which are powered by 100% renewable energy at high traffic locations along the highway. This makes the Netherlands one of the leaders in the field of electric vehicles. And this is just the beginning. In the Netherlands, we will build a network of 200 stations along the highway and we also work on stations in and around major cities. The next step is to expand the network to the rest of Europe."
Former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende commented:
"It is great that this network of fast-charging stations is being built; with the advent of this charging infrastructure the electric car will be an interesting option for many within a few years. Fastned, for that matter, is the starter of the sustainable mobility.”
Fastned quick charging station