Fastned has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) charging network with three new hubs within one month, bringing its total network in the UK to 21 stations at the start of 2024.
The new hubs add 12 ultra-rapid chargers to the Fastned network, where electric drivers can charge up to 300 miles of range in 20 minutes.
The newest Fastned charging hub opened in Andover, Hampshire in mid-January. Late 2023, Fastned opened two brand new charging hubs. Cornwall got its first Fastned hub in Camborne, and in Essex Fastned expanded its network with a new hub in Basildon. This followed the opening of the Colchester Northern Gateway charging hub in November 2023.
Fastned opened the first UK ultra-rapid charging hub in 2019 in Sunderland. Since then, the company has opened 20 more charging hubs across the country, with 112 ultra-rapid chargers currently available for EV drivers.
A market leader in the Netherlands and throughout Europe, Fastned now operates 300 ultra-rapid charging stations with a total of more than 1700 chargers across seven countries.
Tom Hurst, UK Country Manager, Fastned said:
“Reaching this UK milestone is a proud achievement for Fastned. With grid connections and planning processes at times slow, we’ve not always been able to move at the speed we’d want. But we’ve high hopes for 2024 as demand for EV charging grows and the country gets on board with the EV transition.”
Matt Lloyd, CPO Manager at Zapmap, said:
“Overall 2023 was a very good year for EV charging, particularly for high-powered charging hubs that support electric car drivers on longer journeys. This is evident in Zapmap’s latest figures, which show that record growth in the number of both ultra-rapid chargers and high-power hubs was the defining characteristic of 2023. It’s great to see this trend continuing in 2024 with Fastned opening its 21st charging hub in the UK.
“Fastned’s offering certainly seems to be resonating well with electric car drivers, with its iconic hub design, highly reliable charging and simple payment winning praise up and down the country. Fastned won Zapmap’s latest ‘Best En-route Charging Network’ accreditation, as rated by EV drivers in our most recent survey. It goes without saying that the network’s reliability and ease of use were key to this position.
“Make sure to keep an eye out for many more of Fastned’s eye-catching yellow canopies popping up over the next few years. Here at Zapmap we very much look forward to displaying more of Fastned’s fantastic charging locations on the map as they are rolled out across the UK and Europe during 2024.”
Image courtesy of Fastned.