Earlier this year, in their annual report, Fastned revealed an intention to bring their chargers to Northern Ireland. Today plans have been revealed for 2 ultra-rapid hubs, one at The Junction Shopping Complex in Antrim and the other (shown in the render above) beside the new service station just off the A1 at the Boulevard Outlet outside Banbridge.
These sites will offer up to 12 drive-through bays, each with 300kW ultra-rapid charging capabilities. The company says it will use 100% renewable energy, augmented by their signature solar canopy covering both locations.
These state-of-the-art hubs are another very welcomed boost to NI’s growing DC charging capabilities and demonstrates that the speed of change is accelerating here. Read the full press release below…
Fastned is one step closer to building its first charging stations in Northern Ireland
UK’s best rated electric vehicle (EV) charging operator, Fastned, has applied for planning permission for two ultra-rapid (300 kW) charging stations in Banbridge and Antrim.
London, UK 27 November 2023 – Today Fastned, the European EV charging company, has submitted planning applications for two new ultra-rapid charging stations in Banbridge and Antrim, delivering up to 300kW of charge to all EVs.
These stations will be supplied with 100% renewable energy and allow drivers to add up to 300 miles of range in 20 minutes. This will bring greater freedom to electric vehicle drivers and support Northern Ireland’s transition to sustainable mobility.
Fastned’s Banbridge station site is located on the A1 and will have 12 ultra-rapid charging points, giving drivers range confidence on journeys between Belfast and Dublin.
The Antrim station site will bring ultra-rapid charging to areas north of Belfast, with up to 12 charging points providing the local area with improved charging facilities.
Excited about bringing Fastned to Northern Ireland, Tom Hurst, UK Country Manager, Fastned said: “Making it easier for EV drivers to get around is what we do at Fastned, so we’re excited and proud to have our first planning applications in Northern Ireland submitted. We’re committed to providing freedom for electric drivers across the country, and are always on the lookout for more sites. Our Banbridge and Antrim stations are just the beginning.”
Northern Ireland recently saw almost a 50% increase in sales of fully-electric vehicles in August, compared to last year1. Mark McCall, Co-Founding Director and Chair at the EV Association for Northern Ireland, which represents EV drivers across the country, said: “We are delighted to welcome Fastned to Northern Ireland. Its ultra-rapid chargers, with its signature solar canopies, will be a major boost for EV drivers in the region. Fastned offers some of the fastest chargers available, and it will allow EV drivers to top up their batteries in just a few minutes. This will make it even easier and more convenient to drive an electric vehicle in Northern Ireland.”
The unique yellow solar canopies that shelter each of the Fastned charging stations will make it easy for drivers to see the stations from the road. This means that drivers don’t waste time looking for charging points and have the comfort and security of charging in a well-lit and covered space.
With 17 stations in the UK so far and over 280 across Europe, Fastned has more than ten years of experience in making sure EV drivers have the same experience while charging as petrol and diesel car drivers. Or even better! That’s why Fastned was ranked the joint best charge point operator in the UK in 2022, according to users of Zap Map – the UK’s leading charge point mapping service.