Fastned opens its first fast-charging site in Switzerland and thus includes country number five in its HPC network. The new charging park is located near Zurich on the A1 motorway and offers a charging capacity of 300 kW for up to four EVs simultaneously.
The A1 highway is a major east-west axis in Switzerland, and the location at the Suhr rest stop is the first of 20 sites won by Fastned in a 2019 tender by the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO). According to the company, more fast-charging stations will follow in 2021 with the next one opening in January.
With up to 300 kW, Fastned could be delivering up to 300kms of range per car in 15 minutes, the company estimates. Charging costs CHF 0.59 per kilowatt-hour (about €0.54), including VAT, at Fastned in Switzerland. Several payment options are available for charging, including charging cards from numerous providers and credit cards or instant/online banking in the Fastned app.
Fastned specialises in building and operating fast-charging stations in Europe. Based in Amsterdam, the company says it has set-up 131 fast-charging sites in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, and now Switzerland. The first station in Belgium just opened in October.
Fastned is also working on expanding into France as reported. In November, the highway operator Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône (APRR) commissioned the Dutch company to build and operate nine charging parks, possibly next year.
Most recently, the company was seen working with Tesla at a shared car charging parked called Ladepark Kreuz Hilden. Equipped with 20 superchargers and eight Fastned charging stations, it will be one of the largest charge parks for each of the two companies in its final stage. The Hilden junction is an important stop in long-distance traffic for the Benelux countries and the populous Rhine region in Germany.
With reporting by Cora Werwitzke, France.
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