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Tesla Partners With Dutch Fastned For Building Fast Charging Hub In Oxford, UK


Tesla Partners With Dutch Fastned For Building Fast Charging Hub In Oxford, UK
One of the major impediments for the widespread use of electric cars is the absence of charging stations in many countries where there is a demand for such vehicles such as in Europe.
In order to solve this problem, the United States based electric vehicle maker Tesla has struck a partnership with the Dutch charging infrastructure company Fastned to develop and build electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at a centre of the companies in the British city of Oxford, the Dutch company has said on Friday.
14 Fastned fast chargers and 12 Tesla Supercharger stalls will be included in the hub which will have 26 charging stations which will be developed also in cooperation with EDF Renewables' unit Pivot Power, Spain's Wenea and Oxford City Council.
The Dutch company said that the electric charging stations built by Fastned will have the capacity to 10 electric vehicles simultaneously at such rates that would allow the drivers of such charged vehicles to add up to 300 miles of range within just a time period of 20 minutes.
"Big stations are the only way to provide charging capacity to the exponentially growing number of EVs coming to our roads," Fastned's Chief Executive Michiel Langezaal said in a statement.
Between the months January to March this year, there was a 13.9 per cent growth in the market share in the United Kingdom of battery powered electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles, showed data published last month by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders of the UK.
Fastned said, after completion, the electric vehicle charging hub will be the most powerful vehicle charging hub in the entire of Europe as it will have the capacity of up to 10 megawatts of power for charging as for expansion of the facility in the future.
137 such fast charging stations for electric vehicles across the Netherlands, Germany, Britain, Belgium and Switzerland have so far been already built by the company which is headquartered in Amsterdam. The company also has plans of expanding into the French market.
The company said that it has set a target of building up at least 40 electric vehicle charging stations throughout all the markets it operates in by this year while also substantially increasing the number of fast charging hubs in the following year.
The company said that this new hum in partnership with Tesla is located on Oxford's ring road and is closely integrated with the Redbridge Park and Ride facility which is set to be inaugurated at the end of the current year.