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Fastned secures new UK contract

Fastned fast-charging station, De Watering.

Fastned will build and operate two new fast-charging sites in Newcastle and Sunderland, with charging power of up to 350kW

Dutch fast-charging network operator Fastned has secured another contract win in the UK, this time in the country’s northeast.

Fastned was selected following a tender issued by the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and Newcastle University, covering the design, installation and operation of two fast-charging stations in the city centres of Newcastle and Sunderland.

The Newcastle station will be located within the Newcastle University’s Newcastle Helix site, while the Sunderland station will be located “near the heart of the city.”

Dubbed the “Go Ultra Low Filling Stations,” each site will include six rapid chargers. Two units housed at Newcastle University will be 175-kW and 350-kW enabled, providing high-powered charging for the next-generation EVs slated for arrival in late 2018 and 2019. All units should have sufficient connections to allow any make and model to charge, the company added.

Fastned said the charging sites will also include its “recognisable solar photovoltaic canopies,” as seen in the image above.

As part of the agreement, Fastned will collaborate with Newcastle University researchers to develop a greater understanding of the impact of EV charging on local electrical grids, and the potential roles for EVs and battery storage in future smart electrical grids. The Dutch operator will also work with NECA to research and understand business models for regional EV infrastructure.

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).

This is Fastned’s second major win in the UK, following the signing of a framework agreement with Transport for London’s as part of its efforts to build 300 fast-charging stations in the UK capital by 2020. TfL is currently in the process of developing sites and making them available for Fastned and four other selected parties to bid for.

The company also raised 12.3 million euros (US$14.5 million) in 10 days via a public bond issue late last year.

2018 also marks a maturing of the technology, with the Dutch company unveiling its first 350-kW capable station at De Watering in the Netherlands, in early March.


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