Four charging stations inaugurated on November 30, 5 more in the coming weeks, Fastned is making a remarkable entry into the ecosystem of electric car charging on the motorway. We tell you more about this new actor and his offer.
The more operators there are to open stations, the easier it will be for users of electric vehicles (other than Tesla) to consider long journeys without fear. Fastned therefore completes the Ionityt and Total Energie offer by inaugurating its first 4 stations on the French A31, A36 and A39 motorways.
4 stations with 4 terminals, it may not seem like much at first, but you have to start at some point. Ionity had only started in France with two stations, today this network has more than 73 stations on the territory.
4 Fastned stations inaugurated, 5 to come
The first 4 stations inaugurated by Fastned on November 30 are all part of the response to a call for tenders from the APRR network, won by the operator, to set up rapid recharging in its motorway areas. This explains the location of the first Fastned stations on French territory:
- Gevrey-Chambertin West (A31, Dijon),
- Écot (A36, Montbéliard),
- Silver Oak Bridge (A39, Dole)
- Pont Val de Saône (A39, Dole)
They will be quickly supplemented in the coming weeks by 5 other stations spread over the A6 between Paris and Dijon, then Dijon and Lyon, as well as on the road leading to Switzerland (and some ski resorts). By winning this tender, Fastned wins the operation of these charging stations for 14 years.
APRR indicates for its part: ” At the end of 2021, nearly 65% of [nos] service areas will be equipped with electric recharging stations, 2/3 of which will be very high power (150 to 350 kW). They will be 100% by the end of 2022. »
Fastned’s ambitions are to become a key operator in the rapid charging of electric vehicles. The network should extend its network to other motorway concessions, and also wants to set up near large cities.
Who is Fastned?
Fastned is an Amsterdam-based company independent of the car manufacturers, unlike the Ionity consortium. The operator began setting up its charging network in 2012 in the Netherlands, where it is widely visible with more than 120 operational charging stations.
France is the 6th country in which Fastned is established, after Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland. The company already operates a network of 177 fast charging stations spread over 6 countries.
The development of its network of international stations was boosted by a fundraising of 150 million euros carried out this year.
What offer for electric vehicle drivers?
The 4 stations inaugurated in France on November 30, 2021 include 4 Combo CCS charging stations with a maximum power of 300 kW (compared to 350 kW for Ionity). The number of charging points will likely change over time to meet demand. They can then go from 4 to 12 charging points. The stations also have the 4 CCS connectors, at least one CHAdeMO connector (50 kW) and an AC 22 kW terminal.
Electric vehicle drivers will certainly appreciate finding a canopy – easily spotted thanks to its yellow tint – above these charging stations. This is an anecdotal detail for some, but this weather protection is sorely lacking in other competitors. The roof of this awning is also equipped with photovoltaic cells, because the objective of the Fastned network is to supply a load from 100% renewable energy (wind and solar).
There remains the question of the cost of this rapid charge. The standard charging rate is set at € 0.59 per kWh. This is surprising, because in France to bill per kWh, you must have an approved and regularly checked measuring element, which seems to be the case at Fastned, unlike other networks. As a reminder, the price of the Ionity charge is 0.79 € per minute for customers who do not have a preferential rate on the network, and between 0.29 € to 0.33 € / min for partner brands.
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Source: Numerama by www.numerama.com.
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