Ionity will soon no longer be the only ultra-fast motorway charging network in France. Dutch operator Fastned has just won a tender and will install its first stations in 2021.
The arrival of the Fastned network in France is excellent news for those used to motorway journeys in electric cars. The operator based in the Netherlands won a tender from APRR (Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône) for the installation of 9 ultra-fast charging stations. They will equip the service areas with very frequented axes and already well equipped with terminals: three to the south of Paris on the A5 and the A6, three around Dijon on the A31 and the A39, one towards Montbéliard on the ‘A36 then two others on the A6 north of Lyon and Mâcon.
Fastned will install stations similar to those it operates in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. They will thus be able to charge “up to 16 vehicles simultaneously” and will allow drivers to recover “up to 300 km of range in 15 minutes” announces the operator. If he does not provide further technical details, it will most certainly be ABB terminals capable of delivering up to 350 kW of power via the Combo CCS connector. In accordance with French regulations, they should also offer terminals fitted with Chademo and AC Type 2 connectors.
Each site will be housed under the traditional wooden Fastned awning, covered with solar panels. A very appreciable detail for users of electric cars, rare being the stations currently protected from the rain in France. The electricity supplied by the terminals will be “100% renewable from a mixture of wind and solar sources,” says the operator.
If it has not specified its prices, they should be identical to those charged in countries already equipped. Fastned charges 0.59 € / kWh for everyone and 0.35 € / kWh to “Gold members” who have subscribed to a paid subscription. Recharging is paid on site, by credit card (via a smartphone application) or mobility operator badge. In the United Kingdom, Fastned also offers direct payment by credit card via a terminal integrated into the terminals. Hopefully, such a choice has been made for France and that local specificities have been considered. To bill “per kWh” in France, it is indeed mandatory to have an approved MID meter. If this is not the case, Fastned will be forced to bill by the minute or by the flat rate.
Fastned must await the final approval from the Ministry of Transport before it can begin work, scheduled for 2021. It will then be able to operate its stations for a period of 14 years.