Fastned opens its first ultra-fast charging station in the United Kingdom. Two charge columns stand ready to offer up to 350 kW on a multi-charger site in Sunderland, near the factory where Nissan produces all Leaf EVs for the European market.
It is the first high power charging station by the Dutch infrastructure provider in Great Britain. The stop belongs to the North East Joint Transport Committee and received funds through the Go Ultra Low Cities Grant and the European Regional Development Fund.
The station is on West Wear Street, which is one of Sunderland’s central routes. Last month Fastned announced it had won another tender for five locations for fast-charging stations in the North East of England, organised by the above mentioned Committee.
The new location hosts an array of four 50 kW fast chargers and two 175 kW fast chargers that are enabled for 350 kW charging. The usual Fastned canopy with solar panels covers the station and the provider claims that all the electric cars rejoice on 100% renewable energy here.
Initially, charging at the station in Sunderland will be free, at least until Fastned activates the payment system. Charging and paying will then be possible with an EV charge card, bank card, or via mobile phone. Later in the year payment through the Fastned App will be enabled, that also includes automatic charging (Autocharge) – a first in the UK, says Fastned.