Fastned opens first fast charging station in Germany

Fastned opens first fast charging station in Germany

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By Nick Flaherty

The fast charging station is located along the A3 highway at Limburg an der Lahn (exit Limburg-Süd) and has several 350 kW chargers. This allows electric drivers to charge up to 100 times faster than at home, making it possible to travel long distances with an EV. A typical EV will take 20 minutes for a 100km range with the system.

Fastned is aiming to build a European network of 1000 fast charging stations, of which several hundred in Germany. It currently has 73 stations operational in the Netherlands and is preparing to roll out its network to other countries, including the United Kingdom and Belgium. Fastned plans to open 18 stations in Germany before the end of the year. It has won a tender to build two stations in the UK in Sunderland.

“In the next few years, German car manufacturers such as Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes will introduce fully electric models that can charge at high power. This is a great challenge and opportunity for the automotive industry and charging companies like Fastned. Together with municipalities, landowners and suppliers, we are building the charging infrastructure that is needed to fast charge these cars with energy from the sun and wind,” said Bart Lubbers, co-founder of Fastned.

At Fastned, all types of fully electric cars can charge their battery super-fast. The roof of the station consists of solar panels and all the power comes from sun and the wind sources. Charging can be initiated with the Fastned app or by swiping a charging card. Payments are settled via a charging card, bank debit or creditcard.

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