Fastned joins the race for fastest charging
Amsterdam, 17 September 2015. Fastned has committed itself to install the fastest chargers at all charging stations as soon as these will become available. In preparation Fastned is already making sure that all locations have grid connections of at least 630 kVa available. Earlier this week a next generation of EV’s was announced at the IAA in Frankfurt. These EV’s such as the Audi E-Tron Quattro and the Porsche Mission-E will be able to charge at speeds of up to 1500 km/h (300kW). For drivers this implies charging their cars at Fastned gives them 400km range in approximately 15 minutes. Put differently, 3 or 4 hours of driving and 15 minutes rest.
The race for faster charging is on and Fastned commits itself to this same race by preparing its stations for faster chargers. This commitment has even been ‘hard-wired’ into the statutory mission of the company. CEO Michiel Langezaal: “We believe that charging your car will soon be as convenient as filling up your tank. This is why we are building fast charging stations with multiple chargers at high traffic locations. And this is why we commit ourselves to always provide the fastest chargers available.”
Porsche’s and Audi’s announcements bring charging as convenient as refueling one step closer to reality. Audi’s planned introduction of the E-tron Quattro in 2018 will set the benchmark for the next generation of fast charging at 150kW, up from 50kW today. The Porsche Mission-E concept takes it one step further with a drivetrain that operates at up to 800 volts and enables charging at around 300kW.
It is clear that a whole range of next generation EV’s will hit our roads in the next few years. Michiel Langezaal: “When these cars go on sale potential buyers will ask themselves where they can charge at these speeds. Because it takes years to build a good network of fast charging stations we have started to build these in the Netherlands in 2013 and are now ready to roll out to other countries.”
“We believe that charging your car will soon be as convenient as filling up your tank. This is why we are building fast charging stations with multiple chargers at high traffic locations. And this is why we commit ourselves to always provide the fastest chargers available.„ CEO Michiel Langezaal
“Michiel Langezaal: “When these cars go on sale potential buyers will ask themselves where they can charge at these speeds. Because it takes years to build a good network of fast charging stations we have started to build these in the Netherlands in 2013 and are now ready to roll out to other countries.„ CEO Michiel Langezaal
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Fastned is building a European network of fast-charging stations where all electric cars can charge within 20 minutes. The stations are located at high traffic locations along the highways and in cities. This will give electric cars the freedom to drive across Europe. As of today, Fastned has 69 stations (including two 350kW stations) operational in The Netherlands and is working on expanding its fast charging network to the rest of Europe. Fastned is preparing the construction of fast charging stations in Germany, The United Kingdom and Belgium. Fastned is listed on the Nxchange stock exchange.
Fastned is rolling out its network of fast charging stations in response to the rapidly increasing numbers of EVs in Europe. Car manufacturers are investing billions of Euros in the development of, and production capacity for EVs. More and more EVs are hitting the roads, which drives the need for charging infrastructure. Fastned is responding to this development by building the service stations of the future. Co-founder and CEO Michiel Langezaal: “We are the Shell of the future, only our energy comes from the sun and the wind.”
For more information go to www.fastnedcharging.com.