Fastned has secured a second tender in the UK led by the North East Joined Transport Committee.

Fastned will build and operate five fast charging stations (hubs) for electric vehicles across the region.

Each station will initially house two 50 kW fast chargers - known as rapid chargers in the UK – which will deliver 100% renewable electricity.

The company intends to build and operate the five fast charging stations in Gateshead, Blyth, Whitley Bay, Washington, and Kingston Park. The stations will enable fully electric cars to fast charge their batteries and will be added to Fastned's European network.

This network currently consist of 88 stations in the Netherlands and Germany and is expanding rapidly. Two other Fastned stations are currently in development in Newcastle and Sunderland as part of the Go Ultra Low NE programme.

"Fastned was founded to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, so we are pleased we can start offering fast charging infrastructure in the North East of England," said Fastned CEO, Michiel Langezaal.

"Reliable fast charging infrastructure will make fully electric vehicles just as practical as cars with internal combustion engines. Fastned has the ambition to build a European network of 1,000 fast charging stations and aims to build more fast charging stations in the UK."

The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the UK Government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

The stations will be owned by the North East Joined Transport Committee. Fastned will manage the stations' design as well as construction and operate and maintain them as part of its growing network.

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