Fastned, the charging company which is building a European network of fast charging stations, has been granted permits to 13 motorway locations in Belgium.
These locations are part of a partnership with the Agentschap Wegen & Verkeer (AWV) to provide highway parkings in Flanders, Belgium with fast EV charging stations. At these stations electric cars will be able to charge up to 350 kW with 100% renewable electricity.
The stations will be built on existing parking areas directly along the major highways in Flanders in the provinces of Limburg, Vlaams-Brabant and Antwerp. The highway parking areas fall under the authority of the Agentschap Wegen & Verkeer (AWV). AWV is the Flemish road agency, responsible for the management and maintenance of the road network in Flanders. The permission that AWV has granted for the locations is valid for 15 years and the result of a public request from AWV in collaboration with BENEFIC, an initiative of the Connecting Europe Facility.
Michiel Langezaal, CEO Fastned: “We are very happy that we will be building fast charging stations directly along highways in Belgium. This fits our mission perfectly, namely to give freedom to the electric driver and accelerate the transition to electric mobility. Our goal is a European network of fast charging stations where all electric cars can charge and with these locations we are one step closer.”
Veva Daniels, spokesperson for the Agency for Roads and Traffic: “More and more people want to invest in an electric car, according to a Vias study. One out of six Belgians indicates that he or she is considering to buy an electric car within three years. The expansion of the number of fast charging stations for electric vehicles along the Flemish motorways makes it easier to use an electric car. We support every initiative that increases confidence in electric or zero emission driving.”
Fastned, founded in 2012, aims to give freedom to the electric driver and accelerate the transition to electric mobility. Its goal is a European network of fast charging stations where all electric cars can charge. Its stations are located at high traffic locations along highways and in cities, where electric cars can add up to 200 km range in 15 minutes.
Fastned currently has 114 stations operational in the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom. All Fastned stations are open 24/7 and suitable for all electric cars. Charging and paying is possible via the Fastned app or by swiping a charge card in front of the charger. EV drivers can fast charge with almost any charge card, fuel card and / or credit card at Fastned.