Fastned opens first fast-charging station in Germany
Fastned opened its first fast-charging station in Germany, part of a European network of fast-charging stations where all electric cars can charge. The 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 electric vehicle (EV). Mayor Dr. Marius Hahn, from the municipality of Limburg an der Lahn, and Bart Lubbers, Co-founder of Fastned, officially opened the station.
Fastned plans to build a European network of 1000 fast-charging stations, several hundred of which will be in Germany. The stations are located at busy locations along highways and in cities. Fastned currently has 73 stations operational in the Netherlands and is preparing to roll out its network to other countries, including the UK and Belgium. The company plans to open 18 stations in Germany before the end of the year.
Lubbers noted, "After the successful German Energiewende now comes the German Autowende. 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.”
Hahn said, “Fastned’s first fast-charging station outside of the Netherlands is a real win for the Limburg site and is visible proof of the ambition to improve the conditions for electric cars."
Fastned claims that all types of fully electric cars can charge their battery rapidly at its facilities. The roof of the station consists of solar panels. All power that Fastned supplies comes from the sun and the wind. Charging can be initiated with the Fastned app or by swiping a charging card. Payments are made via a charging card, bank debit, or credit card.