ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Tesla and Fastned, a Dutch charging network, are creating what they call an “Energy Superhub,” a large dual-branded charging station in Oxford, England, due to open by year’s end, reports Electrek.com.
Tesla owners are usually loyal to Tesla’s own charging stations, but Netherland-based Fastned, which constructs large fast-charging stations in Europe, worked to attract Tesla drivers early on by adding Tesla CHAdeMO adapters to its locations. Now, the two companies have teamed up to create the new Energy Superhub.
With 14 fast chargers and 12 Tesla Superchargers on site, the new station will be one of Europe’s most powerful EV charging hubs, with up to 10MW of power available for future expansion. It is the first of several sites planned for the United Kingdom.
"Our mission is to accelerate the transition toward electric mobility by giving freedom to electric drivers,” said Michiel Langezaal, CEO of Fastned. “EV drivers experience this freedom when they know that fast and convenient charging is omnipresent. Energy Superhub Oxford is a great initiative by the city council that supports us in working toward that goal. We need hundreds more and will therefore continue to engage with landowners and partners across the U.K. Big stations are the only way to provide charging capacity to the exponentially growing number of EVs coming to our roads.”
Fastned has deployed more than 130 fast-charging stations in Europe. Tesla’s Supercharger network recently reached the milestone of 25,000 Superchargers installed at more than 2,700 stations around the world.
In the U.S., lack of EV charging infrastructure is one stumbling block to greater EV adoption. The Fuels Institute recently released a report examining regulations that could affect EV charging growth to deliver tools helpful in the discussion of the adoption of electric fuel, as well as when to best enter the EV market. Last year, the Fuels Institute also instituted the EV Council to help retailers prepare for EVs. To read more about the accelerating EV market, read “The Future of Mobility Includes Electric” in NACS Magazine.
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