UK debut for 350kW-ready EV chargers

Fastned has launched its first ultra-fast EV charging station in the UK with a charging capacity of up to 350kW.

The station is located on West Wear Street in Sunderland, one of the city’s busiest roads, and close to the factory where the Nissan Leaf is being produced for the European market.

The site has four 50kW fast chargers and two 175kW fast chargers that are already enabled for 350kW charging. The station canopy is also covered with solar panels and all the electricity provided to EV drivers comes from renewable sources.

Fastned, headquartered in Amsterdam, currently has over 90 charging stations in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK and is currently in the process of expanding into Belgium, Switzerland and France.

The new fast charging station is designed, built, and operated by Fastned and is owned by the North East Joint Transport Committee. It has been funded through the Go Ultra Low Cities Grant and the European Regional Development Fund.

Last month, Fastned announced it had won another tender for five locations for fast-charging stations in the north-east of England, a process which is being organised by the North East Joint Transport Committee.

Initially, charging at the station in Sunderland will be free, but this will end later in the year when a payment system is activated. Charging and paying will then be possible with an EV charge card or a credit/debit card. Later in the year it will also be possible to charge using the Fastned App.


European electric vehicle charging developer Ionity also recently announced that it plans to bring its first ultra-fast, 350kW-ready UK charging station online next month.

The site, which has been built on the M20 near Maidstone in Kent, will be the first UK addition to Ionity’s Europe-wide charging network.

The opening of charging sites in Gretna on the Scottish border, as well as sites in the south-east of England in Thurrock and Milton Keynes, will open after Maidstone. A further 45 hubs are expected to follow in the UK by the end of 2020.

Ionity – which is a joint venture between BMW, Daimler AG, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche – is aiming to build a high-powered EV charging network that criss-crosses continental Europe.

The company has so far installed 51 stations in nine countries, including in Germany, France, Italy and Norway. Ionity plans to get well over 250 charging stations across Europe online by the end of 2019, followed by a further 400 in 2020.


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