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 56 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 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 73 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.