Fastned opens its largest ultra-rapid charging hub in Scotland
Scotland has got a new ultra-rapid charging hub, which operator Fastned claims to be the biggest yet. It is located just off the A72 and near the M74, which form a major motorway in Scotland, connecting it to England.
The station comprises eight 300 kW chargers powered by renewable energy and is Fastned’s second location in Scotland and its tenth in the UK. The Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme part-funded the installation.
Opening the site, Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth MSP said public and private sector partnerships were “key in attracting investment and scaling provision at pace.” The minister referred to the draft vision to increase public EV charging that the Government had outlined in January. The draft calls for said public-private partnerships with a dedicated fund to attract investment from the private sector and to provide up to £60 million to local authorities over the next four years.
Gilruth also called the Fastned design “striking” and a “fantastic example of what can be delivered by industry.”
The Fastned typical and visually prompting solar canopy makes the site easy to find at Palace Grounds Retail Park in South Lanarkshire.
Depending on EV make and available energy, each ultra-rapid charger is capable of adding up to 300 miles of range in twenty minutes. There are various payment options available and drivers can find all UK Fastned stations on ZapMap.
The Dutch company has recently also signed with the UK roaming service Paua as reported. When announcing the 2021 figures, Fastned recorded 70 per cent more charging transactions at its stations last year, breaking the one million charging transactions mark in one year. Fastned continues to be profitable in its operating business.
Based in Amsterdam, the company has built 200 charging stations in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France and Switzerland. Fastned is listed on Euronext Amsterdam (ticker AMS: FAST).