Fastned and the city of The Hague open first urban fast-charging station of the Netherlands

Amsterdam, 1 December 2016. Today, Fastned and the municipality of The Hague will open the first urban fast-charging station of the Netherlands.  The station is part of a series of five stations that will be realised in the city of The Hague. With the development of fast charging stations Fastned and the municipality of The Hague respond to the growing need of electric drivers to be able to charge quickly and continue their journey. Alderman Tom de Bruijn from the municipality of The Hague and Bart Lubbers, co-founder of Fastned will officially open Fastned 'Station ten Bosch’ today. The station is located right next to the Royal Palace ‘Huis ten Bosch’.

With 55 stations along Dutch highways Fastned has nationwide coverage and is now expanding its network to urban locations. By doing so Fastned is responding to the increasing demand for fast charging infrastructure at high traffic locations along the highway and in urban area’s.

Bart Lubbers, co-founder of Fastned: "Urban stations make our network complete. People want to charge their car wherever their battery runs empty and this can happen along the highway as well as in cities. In addition, the majority of Dutch households don’t have their own driveway where they can charge. These people also want to drive electric and now they can do so by charging their car at Fastned for the same price as at home: 19 cents per kWh. This type of infrastructure makes driving electric accessible to everyone in The Netherlands. The city of Hague understands this very well and are leading this transition.”

Tom de Bruijn, Alderman of Finance, Traffic, Transport and Environment of the Municipality of The Hague: "More and more people are switching to an electric car. A positive development The Hague wants to encourages as much as possible, because electric cars are clean and cheap to operate. With the increasing number of electric cars the need for qualitative charging infrastructure increases as well. Rolling out a network of fast-charging stations in the city is a great asset to our city. I hope that we can be an example for other municipalities.”

Fastned will build 5 city stations in The Hague in the next few months and has advanced plans to realise fast charging stations in other cities as well. At all Fastned stations, all types of fully electric cars (including Tesla's) can fast charge their battery. Fastned only supplies renewable power from sun and wind.

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Fastned entwickelt ein europäisches Ladenetzwerk von überdachten Schnellladestationen, an denen alle Elektroautos aufladen können. Das Unternehmen baut und betreibt die Standorte mit mehreren Ladegeräten, an denen Elektroautos in nur 20 Minuten aufladen können, entlang vielbefahrener Autobahnen. Das ermöglicht es Fahrerinnen und Fahrern, mit ihren Elektroautos durch ganz Europa zu reisen. Fastned ist derzeit mit 63 Ladestationen in den Niederlanden und künftig auch in Deutschland aktiv und wird sein Netzwerk in weiteren europäischen Ländern ausbauen. Momentan bereitet Fastned den Bau von Schnellladestationen in Deutschland, Großbritannien und Belgien vor. Die Aktien von Fastned sind an der Börse Nxchange notiert.

Die Umsetzung eines solchen europäischen Schnellladenetzwerkes ist eine Reaktion auf die schnell wachsende Zahl von reinen Elektroautos. Automobilhersteller wie Tesla, Audi, Volvo, Aston Martin, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Ford, General Motors und Renault investieren Milliarden von Euro in die Entwicklung und Produktionskapazität von reinen Elektrofahrzeugen. Mit der steigenden Zahl von Elektroautos steigt auch die Nachfrage nach qualitativer Ladeinfrastruktur. Fastned reagiert auf diese Nachfrage mit dem Bau der „Tankstelle der Zukunft“. Mitbegründer und CEO Michiel Langezaal: „Wir sind die Shell der Zukunft, aber unsere Energie kommt von der Sonne und dem Wind.“

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