Fastned, the European fast charging company, today opens its first four fast charging stations in France. With these first four of nine stations, EV drivers will have access to large and high-quality charging stations on major highways between Paris and Lyon. The development of the stations comes after Fastned won a tender from the French toll road company APRR/AREA. Fastned thus adds a sixth country to its growing European network of fast charging stations.
Fastned develops and operates fast charging stations at busy locations along highways and in cities. Each station can charge up to hundreds of cars per day with 100% renewable electricity and a speed of up to 300 km range in just 15 minutes. The stations offer a new level of comfort to French EV drivers with an awning that protects users from precipitation and makes the station visible from afar. Since its foundation in 2012, Fastned has built 177 fast charging stations in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland and now also in France. Fastned is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.
The first four Fastned fast charging stations in France are located at the following service areas: Gevrey-Chambertin Ouest (A31, Dijon), Écot (A36, Montbéliard), Pont Chêne d'Argent (A39, Dole) and Pont Val de Saône (A39, Dole ). The other five stations will open in the coming weeks along the Autoroute du Soleil (A6), on the route to Switzerland and around Dijon. Each station has 4 chargers, delivering up to 300 kW, and will be expanded to a maximum of 12 chargers as demand increases.
The charging stations support APRR's goal of establishing high-quality charging infrastructure along France's major highways and are crucial to power the country's rapidly growing number of electric vehicles. They also contribute to the goal of the French Ministry of Energy Transition to install charging stations for electric cars all over the country by 2022. The share of electric cars in France is increasing rapidly and now amounts to about 10% of new cars sold, compared to 1,2% in 2017, according to the report. fastned.
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