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.

“Making large locations available through long-term leases is crucial for the construction of high-quality charging infrastructure. Fastned is proud to have won this tender from APRR, which is also proof of our quality solution for fast charging infrastructure. I am very pleased that APRR has taken the lead in enabling parties such as Fastned to build stations through a public tender. With the opening of these stations, we add a sixth country to our network, a great achievement from our French team and good news for electric drivers.”

Michiel Langezaal, CEO Fastned.

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

“The realization of charging infrastructure along highways is crucial in the transition to electric mobility in France and the ambition to reduce French CO2 emissions. This first project is just the beginning, as Fastned aims to be a major player in France, with a large national network that offers EV drivers freedom with the level of service they expect.”

Pierre Courgeon, Fastned Country Manager France.

Photo above and below: Image bank Fastned.

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Locations of fast charging stations in France.
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