Fastned, based in Amsterdam, selected to build fast charging stations in Belgium, powered by local solar and wind farms
Amsterdam-based Fastned, a company that provides a fast-charging network for electric vehicles, has been selected by the Inter-municipal Flemish West (WVI) in Belgium to build five large fast-charging stations at its business parks , mainly located along the main roads of West Flanders.
The news follows Fastned’s recent collaboration with Oxford City Council, Pivot Power, Tesla and Wenea to build and operate one of its largest fast-charging stations in the upcoming Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO).
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About the Flemish Intermunicipal Agency for the West (WVI)
The history of WVI begins in 1964 with the creation of 3 intermunicipal companies, each with a specific objective: the WIH, active in the field of housing projects; WIER, active as a developer of business parks; and WITAB, acted as a center of expertise for urban and spatial planning. In 1999, the three intermunicipal associations merged to form WVI (West-Flemish Intermunicipal Service – Service Provisioning Association). WVI assists municipalities in carrying out their tasks.
Extension of 54 western Flemish municipalities, WVI ensures inter-municipal cooperation in various fields. It thus realizes business parks and quality and sustainable housing projects for local communities and guides them in the (future) challenges related to spatial planning, mobility, environment, nature, climate. , energy, cross-border and European cooperation.
Kris Declercq, President of WVI and Mayor of Roeselare, declares: “As a pioneer in the energy transition, WVI plays a crucial role with its business parks and corporate buildings on these sites. By increasing the number of fast charging stations for electric vehicles along Flemish (western) roads, we are making the use of electric vehicles easier. Fastned is the right partner for this: they have extensive expertise in building fast charging infrastructure and provide a pleasant charging experience for the electric driver.
What to expect from Fastned on this development?
Fast charging stations will be set up at WVI business parks next to heavily trafficked roads. As an extension of 54 West Flemish municipalities, WVI selected Fastned on the basis of an extensive selection process to build fast charging stations out of the five available locations in total.
The first two concession contracts for a station in Roeselare and Ostend have now been signed. These stations will be completed next year.
The other locations will be completed in the coming years. Fastned plans to build a large charging station at each location where up to 16 vehicles can charge simultaneously. According to the company, the fast charging stations can serve hundreds of electric vehicles per day at a charging speed of up to 300 kW. All electricity will come from local solar and wind farms in Belgium.
Speaking on the development, Michiel Langezaal, CEO of Fastned, said: “I am very happy with the collaboration. WVI’s locations along busy roads are a fantastic addition to our European network of fast-charging stations, and with this we are joining forces to contribute to the transition to sustainable mobility. With the development of the European network, we are increasingly making the switch to electric cars easier. In the near future, we will build many more stations in Belgium.
The company was founded in 2012 by Michiel Langezaal and Bart Lubbers. Fastned aims to accelerate the transition to electric mobility by giving freedom to electric conductors. The company owns and operates a network of electric vehicle charging stations in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Belgium – the majority of its stations are located in rest areas on Dutch motorways.
The company said it was also working on expansion in France. To date, it has built 142 fast charging stations.
In addition, the company also specializes in the development and operation of a rapid charging infrastructure where drivers can charge their electric vehicle with up to 300 km of range in 15 minutes before continuing their journey. Currently, Fastned has more than 70 employees in its six operating markets and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.
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