Fastned, the European electric vehicle (EV) fast charging company, has joined up with UK-based Pivot Power, Tesla Superchargers and Wenea, one of the largest EV charging services providers in Europe, to build Europe’s most powerful EV charging Superhub in the UK city of Oxford. It will initially feature 38 fast and ultra-rapid chargers in a single site, with up to 10MW of power on site.
It is the first of up to 40 similar sites planned across the UK to help deliver charging infrastructure needed for the estimated 36 million EVs by 2040. The site is due to open in Q4 later this year.
It’s set to be one of the largest charging stations in Fastned’s pan-European network, where 10 300kW chargers will charge 14 EV simultaneously, adding 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes.
Tesla will install 12 250kW Superchargers, available for Tesla owners. Wenea, one of the largest EV charging services providers in Europe, will deploy 16 7-22kW charging points.
The site is directly connected to the high voltage national electricity grid, to provide the power needed to charge hundreds of EVs at the same time quickly, without putting strain on the local electricity network or requiring costly upgrades.
This network, developed by Pivot Power, has capacity to expand to key locations throughout Oxford to meet mass EV charging needs, from buses and taxis to commercial fleets.
Michiel Langezaal, CEO of Fastned, says: “Our mission is to accelerate the transition towards electric mobility by giving freedom to electric drivers. EV drivers experience this freedom when they know that fast and convenient charging is omnipresent. The Oxford Superhub is a great milestone towards that goal. We need hundreds more and will therefore continue to engage with landowners and partners such as Pivot Power across the UK. Big stations are the only way to provide charging capacity to the exponentially growing number of EVs coming to our roads.”
Matt Allen, CEO at Pivot Power, adds: “Our goal is to help the UK accelerate net zero by delivering power where it is needed to support the EV and renewable energy revolution. Oxford is one of 40 sites we are developing across the UK, combining up to 2GW of battery storage with high volume power connections for mass EV charging. Energy Superhub Oxford supports EDF’s plan to become Europe’s leading e-mobility energy company by 2023, and is a blueprint we want to replicate right across the country, working hand in hand with local communities to create cleaner, more sustainable cities where people want to live and work.”
Fastned has the goal to build a network of 1,000 fast charging stations across Europe by 2025. ESO marks an important step in Fastned’s continued expansion into the UK.