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Fastned expands rapid charging station network in the UK

Fastned will build and manage two more fast charging stations in the United Kingdom after winning a tender from the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and Newcastle University.

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Author: PetrolPlaza Correspondent Daniel Infante Tuaño

This is the second tender won by Fastned in the UK. In 2017 the company also secured a tender with Transport for London to build and operate fast charging locations in the Greater London area.

The new Fastned stations, recognizable by its solar photovoltaic canopies, will be located within the Newcastle University’s Newcastle Helix site and near Sunderland’s city centre.

Each station will house six rapid chargers with two of those at the Newcastle University site being the latest 175kW (and 350kW enabled) chargers. They are capable of charging electric vehicles (EV) up to 100 times faster than at home.

In addition, Fastned will collaborate with NECA and Newcastle University to research on the impact of EV charging on electrical grids as well as look into business models for electric vehicle infrastructure in the region.

The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), and the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

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