Fastned, the European rapid charging company, has opened its latest ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the UK.
The station, which comprises eight charging bays, has opened in Washington and will cater for commuters to and from South Tyneside, as well as Sunderland. It also sits a short drive away from Nissan’s Sunderland plant, which recently hit a milestone of producing 250,000 LEAF EVs.
Each of the charging bays is supplied by 100% renewable energy, and is capable of adding up to 300 miles of range to fully-electric cars in 20 minutes.
The launch is Fastned’s 13th in the UK and its 7th in the North East. The new station features a highly visible solar canopy that helps EV drivers to locate the site and stay dry while charging. Reliable and easy-to-use ultra-rapid chargers, as well as a range of payment methods, mean drivers can charge easily and with confidence and get back on the road as quickly as possible.
The new station opens as Fastned was ranked the joint best charging point operator in the UK, according to users of Zap Map – the UK’s leading charge point mapping service. It will play a vital role in providing fast, reliable and accessible charging to the growing number of EVs, including private and commercial vehicles.
The new station is also Fastned’s first ultra-rapid station in the North East of England to be fully funded by the company and built without grant support.
Commenting on the new station, Tom Hurst, UK Country Manager for Fastned said: “Our new Washington site, based just down the road from Nissan’s EV powerhouse, adds to the fantastic network of charging stations we have established in the area. We look forward to welcoming drivers from Washington and beyond to our award-winning, unique electric vehicle charging experience that puts drivers at the centre.”
Image courtesy of Fastned.