Growing electric vehicle (EV) charging network Fastned is the latest to go live on Zap-Pay, the simple way to pay for EV charging across networks from within Zap-Map – the UK’s leading charge point mapping service.
Zap-Map and Fastned signed an agreement during the summer to include the network as a Zap-Pay partner. Fastned – which has rapid and ultra-rapid charging devices at a growing number of locations in England and Scotland – is now fully up and running as part of the Zap-Pay partner network.
It is the seventh charging network to come online with Zap-Pay, following Osprey, ESB Energy, char.gy, GeniePoint, Mer and MFG EV Power.
The completed integration means that around 4,000 charging devices across the UK are currently Zap-Pay enabled. As well as being able to search for charge points, plan longer journeys and share updates with other EV drivers, Zap-Map users can now pay quickly and easily for their EV charging on all seven networks up and down the UK.
Fastned is a rapidly growing European network aiming to give freedom to electric vehicle drivers and accelerate the transition to sustainable mobility. The network currently consists of more than 60 charging devices in the UK, all of which are Zap-Pay enabled.
A single-app payment system that uses a credit or debit card to pay for charging, Zap-Pay avoids the hassle of using different payment methods across all the various networks.
Alex Earl, Commercial Director at Zap-Map, said: “Fastned is an important addition to the Zap-Pay partner network. As an expanding network with rapid and ultra-rapid chargers at well placed locations, its distinctive charging points will make charging an EV that much easier for Zap-Map users.
“With usage of Zap-Pay already on the up, we’re only expecting to see this trend accelerate now that Fastned has also come online. So I’m delighted to see the Fastned network go live on Zap-Pay.”
Tom Hurst, UK Country Manager at Fastned, said: “We’re glad to be a Zap-Pay partner. At the heart of our mission to provide electric freedom and sustainable mobility is a desire to reduce the barriers to the uptake of EVs and to make driving easier. Zap-Pay’s smart payment solution will play an important role in that.”
In other news, Fastned and EVBox – a leading provider of flexible and scalable charging solutions – have completed the installation of the first 400kW EV charger in Europe.
The one-of-a-kind 400 kW charger is now being piloted and available first-hand for all Fastned customers at its station in De Watering, The Netherlands, along the A8 near Oostzaan.
“We are excited to partner with Fastned in jointly installing one of the first 400kW chargers in Europe as part of our Early Adopter Program. The 400 kW variant is the next evolution stage of our flexible and scalable Troniq Modular fast-charging stations family. Together, we are leading the way to making high-power charging available, and electric mobility even more accessible” said Maurice van Riek, Chief Technology Officer at EVBox.
“We’re looking forward to the partnership with EVBox and the piloting of this new charger, which we expect will become best-in-class” said Roland van der Put, Head of Charging Technology at Fastned. “During the course of this pilot, EVBox and Fastned will work closely together in optimising the user experience and the communication between the charger and Fastned’s backend system. We are committed to continuously improving charger speed and reliability, in order to provide our customers with the best customer experience and give freedom to electric drivers.”
Image courtesy of Zap-Map/Fastned.