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January 4, 2021

Fastned opens first Switzerland charging station

Fastned has opened its first charging station in Switzerland close to Zurich, along the A1 motorway.

By Rhodri Morgan

Fastned has opened its first charging station in Switzerland close to Zurich, along the A1 motorway.

The station is the first of 20 locations along routes which Fastned won in a tender organised by the Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) in 2019.

Since the company was founded in 2012, Fastned has built 131 fast charging stations across the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Belgium and Switzerland. Additionally Fastned won a tender this year to develop and operate nine fast charging stations along motorways in France.

Fastned specialises in the construction and operation of large fast charging stations at locations along motorways and in cities, designed to create significant capacity to charge up to hundreds of cars per location per day. At the stations, electric cars can be charged with 100% renewable electricity. Fastned is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

The stations are unmanned, open 24/7, run on Fastned’s own proprietary software platform and are supported through the Network Operations Centre, which is headquartered in Amsterdam.

The Swiss opening marks the first of 20 locations to be realised by Fastned as a result of the award of tender by FEDRO in March, 2019. More stations will follow in 2021.

The FEDRO tender was initiated to support the realisation of charging infrastructure along main routes in Switzerland, offering infrastructure to the rapidly growing number of electric vehicles in the country. In the first ten months of 2020, 6.8% of new cars sold in Switzerland were fully electric. 

Fastned’s first station in Switzerland is situated at the rest area, Suhr, along the A1 St. Margrethen–Geneva motorway, that crosses Switzerland from East to West.

The fast charging station features Fastned’s yellow canopy with a solar roof and offers 300kW fast charging for up to four cars simultaneously, delivering up to 300km of range per car in 15 minutes.

Fastned says this is up to 100 times faster than charging at home.

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