Fastned, the European electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging company, has today announced it will be supporting the Duchenne Dash. This is a 300-kilometre charity bike ride from London to Paris which will take place 12/13 May.
As the 2023 official vehicle charging partner, Fastned will support the Dash’s electric-powered fleet of eight support cars using their 100 per cent renewable energy-backed ultra-rapid charging bays.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common fatal genetic disease diagnosed in childhood. The Duchenne Dash is Duchenne UK’s annual cycling event that has raised more than £5.5 million for DMD research over the past 10 years.
This year, the Duchenne Dash will have access to Fastned’s growing network, allowing them to charge up the support vehicles for free. This will help to raise even more money for the cause while generating fewer carbon emissions than ever before. This is great news and a lesson that many other charity events could take on board in making support more sustainable.
Emily Reuben, Duchenne UK CEO and founder, said: “We are incredibly grateful for Fastned’s support of the 2023 Duchenne Dash and are proud that the event will be our greenest ever.
“Without the help of companies like Fastned, the Dash would not generate the hundreds of thousands of pounds needed for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Next stop: Paris.”
Fastned riders will also participate in the Duchenne Dash and the Dash@Home – a challenge to complete the distance from London to Paris (300km) through physical activities in six weeks.
Michiel Langezaal, Fastned CEO, said: “Fastned is delighted to partner with Duchenne UK to power their support cars for the first time, in both the UK and France.
“We’re also proud to participate in the Duchenne Dash at every level – whether that’s cycling through the French countryside or taking part in the Dash at Home. We wish the riders every success in raising funds for this important cause.”
Anyone interested in getting involved in the Duchenne Dash can find more information here. You don’t, however, need to cycle 300km to join the fight to end Duchenne. You can donate to the Duchenne Dash by visiting here.
Earlier this year, Fastned announced the opening of its latest ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging station in Washington, UK. Based off the A183 on Parsons Road, the station caters for commuters to and from South Tyneside, as well as Sunderland.
The new charging station also sits a short drive away from Nissan’s Sunderland plant, which recently hit a milestone of producing 250,000 LEAF EVs. The station features eight charging bays, each of which is supplied with 100 per cent renewable energy and is capable of adding up to 300 miles (483km) of range to fully electric cars in 20 minutes. It is situated next to a number of amenities, including a Greggs.