Fastned, the European rapid charging company, has today opened its latest ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Washington, UK. Based off the A183 on Parsons Road, the station will cater 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 comprises eight charging bays, each of which is supplied by 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.
The launch is Fastned’s13th in the UK and its 7th in the North East. The new station features a highly visible solar canopy that helps EV drivers to locate the site and stay dry while charging. Reliable and easy-to-use ultra-rapid chargers, as well as a range of payment methods, mean drivers can charge easily and with confidence and get back on the road as quickly as possible.
The new station opens as Fastned was ranked the joint best charging point operator in the UK, according to users of Zap-Map, the UK’s leading charge point mapping service. It will play a vital role in providing fast, reliable and accessible charging to the growing number of EVs, including private and commercial vehicles.
The new station is also Fastned’s first ultra-rapid station in the North East of England to be fully funded by the company and built without grant support. This is great news for electric vehicle drivers in the North East and will, hopefully, encourage more to make the transition to zero emissions motoring.
Tom Hurst, UK Country Manager for Fastned, said: “Our new Washington site, based just down the road from Nissan’s EV powerhouse, adds to the fantastic network of charging stations we have established in the area.
“We look forward to welcoming drivers from Washington and beyond to our award-winning, unique electric vehicle charging experience that puts drivers at the centre.”
Back in December 2022, Fastned announced it had raised €10.8 million with the issue of new bonds. In addition, investors have extended €2.3 million worth of investments from earlier issues. This brings the total issued amount in this round to over €13 million. All newly issued bonds will mature in June 2027.
This investment means Fastned can continue investing in a fossil fuel-free future, build more new stations, enlarge existing ones, hire new talents and meet the exponentially growing demand for EV charging.