Dutch charging infrastructure specialist Fastned has been selected by the West Flemish Intercommunale (WVI) in Belgium to implement five large fast charging stations in business parks - mainly on main roads in West Flanders.
The first two concession agreements have now been signed by both parties for stations in Roeselare and Ostend. The installations at these two sites are scheduled for completion in 2022, with the other sites to be realised in the coming years. Fastned envisages building one large charging station at each of the five sites with up to 300 kW, allowing up to 16 e-cars to be charged simultaneously.
The selected business parks will be maintained by West Flemish Intercommunale. Fastned CEO Michiel Langezaal expresses that the WVI's locations on busy roads are "a great addition to our European network of fast-charging stations (...)". With the growing European network, Fastned is making it increasingly easy for people to switch to an electric car. "In the near future, we will build many more stations in Belgium," Langezaal adds.
The Dutch fast-charging provider only raised €150 million in an accelerated book-building offer in February, with the proceeds to be used to build its "firmly planned network of 164 additional charging stations" - Fastned currently has 133 charging stations - while the Dutch also said it would accelerate the development of the potential network and "fund investment costs related to key upcoming government tenders, including in France and Germany".