Fastned has opened its latest rapid charging station on the A688 in Barnard Castle in England’s North East region.

Located on the town’s main access road, the station is Teesdale’s first rapid charging station for EVs.

The station comprises six chargers, each of which is supplied by 100% renewable energy and are capable of adding up to 100 miles of range to fully-electric cars in half an hour.

The new station is the seventh Fastned station in the North East. Some 10% of all EVs registered in the UK are driven on the North East’s roads, with this proportion increasing; registration of EVs is up 45% in 2021 in the area.

“Barnard Castle has become one of the best known and popular tourist destinations in the UK in the past year,” said Fastned UK Country manager and Network Development manager, Tom Hurst.

“We are [bringing] fast, reliable charging to the town, providing a service to local residents that is becoming more and more important.

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“Our relationships with local leaders in the North East have enabled us to roll out a number of stations as part of public tenders; laying the groundwork for this completely Fastned-funded rapid charging station – the first for Teesdale – and more that we have planned for the region.”

For his part, Durham County Council Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and climate change, Councillor Mark Wilkes, added: “Switching from a standard fuel vehicle to an electric one significantly reduces the carbon emissions of a journey.

“As a Council we have established a Climate Emergency Response Plan, which outlines a number of programmes we are undertaking to tackle climate change, including increasing the availability of electric vehicle charge points.”

Fastned has been developing rapid charging infrastructure for electric vehicles across Europe since 2012.

Based in Amsterdam, the company has built 194 fast charging stations in the Netherlands.

The company specialises in developing and operating high power charging infrastructure, where drivers can charge EVs with up to 300 km of range in 15 minutes.