Fastned continues its international expansion and opens its first station in Switzerland

22 December 2020

Fastned, a European network of high-power charging stations for electric vehicles, has opened its first station in Switzerland near Zurich , along the A1 motorway. This station will be the first of 20 Fastned stations along Swiss roads, and follows the call for tenders organized by the Swiss Federal Roads Office (OFROU), won in 2019. With this operational presence in a fifth country , Fastned takes another important step towards its goal of building a European fast-charging network, giving more freedom to electric vehicle drivers to travel in Europe .

Since its inception in 2012, Fastned has built 131 charging stations in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium and now Switzerland. This progress goes hand in hand with the recent call for tenders won in France by Fastned to build and operate 9 charging stations along the French motorways. Fastned builds and operates fast charging stations along highways and major peri-urban axes. These stations are designed to have the capacity to adapt to the changing electric car market, allowing hundreds of cars to be recharged per day at a single station, using only solar and wind power. Fastned is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

Fastned is known for the high quality of its service and the rate of operability of its stations which help ensure reliability and a successful customer experience for drivers. Its stations are fully automated, open 24/7, use proprietary software and are managed directly from the operational center in Amsterdam .

This station will be the first of 20 Fastned stations along Swiss roads, and follows the call for tenders organized by OFROU and won in 2019. Other stations will be built in 2021. The OFROU call for tenders has was set up to build a high-quality charging network along the Swiss motorways, thus providing an essential infrastructure for the development of the electric car in the country. Since the start of 2020, the electric car represents 6.8% of new registrations in Switzerland.

This first Fastned station will be located in a rest area near Suhr, along the A1 motorway which crosses the country from east to west and connects St. Margrethen to Geneva. It will also wear the Fastned design, recognizable by its yellow canopy and photovoltaic panels. It will offer 300 kW chargers and will be able to charge up to 4 vehicles simultaneously, allowing motorists to gain a range of 300 km in 15 minutes, which is 100 times the charging speed at home.

Charging will be billed per act, at a rate of 0.59CHF per kWh (TTC), and the station accepts various means of payment, including credit cards, recharge cards and the Fastned app.

Useful information
There are more than 6 million vehicles registered in Switzerland. In 2020, 6.8% of new vehicle sales were electric. In 2018, the government announced its intention to increase this percentage to reach 15% of sales in 2022.

About Fastned
Fastned has been developing a charging infrastructure network for electric vehicles across Europe since 2012. Fastned's mission is to accelerate the transition to electric mobility to empower electric vehicle drivers. Based in Amsterdam , the company already operates 131 fast charging stations in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium and Switzerland. Fastned will soon set up in France. The company develops and operates charging infrastructure where drivers can charge their electric vehicle to gain a range of 300 km in 15 minutes so that they can continue their journey. Fastned employs over 70 employees across 6 markets (The Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium, France and Switzerland). Fastned is listed on Euronext Amsterdam (AMS ticket: FAST).

 

Source: prnewswire.com