Fastned, ABB, Alfen, ElaadNL, Lightyear, NKL, Rocsys, Eindhoven University of Technology and VDL create consortium to accelerate the transition to electric mobility
Fastned and consortium partners submit Growth Plan to the Dutch National Growth Fund
Fastned, the European fast charging company, is one of the initiators of an eMobility consortium that submitted a Growth Plan to the Dutch National Growth Fund. The goal is to jointly drive scale and innovation in order to accelerate the transition to electric mobility. Besides Fastned, ABB, Alfen, ElaadNL, Lightyear, NKL, Rocsys, Eindhoven University of Technology and VDL are part of the consortium. Additional partners may join at a later stage. The consortium is supported by Ebusco, Evofenedex, Natuur & Milieu, NXP and Port of Rotterdam.
The Growth Plan of the eMobility consortium is aimed at accelerating the transition to electric mobility. By 2025, freight transport in Dutch cities must be emission-free. From 2030 all new car sales in the Netherlands must be emission-free and from 2050 all road transport will need to be emission-free. This applies to both passenger vehicles and trucks. Enormous steps must be taken to achieve these ambitions set by the Dutch government. Electric mobility must become smarter, more efficient and more autonomous. In addition, charging infrastructure must be prepared to facilitate the rapid growth in the number of electric vehicles and the resulting rapidly growing need for charging infrastructure.
The ambitions of the eMobility consortium are fully in line with the mission of Fastned to accelerate the transition to electric mobility by providing freedom to electric drivers.
The Dutch eMobility sector currently has a leading position in Europe, with strong export opportunities. In addition, many jobs are being created in this fast growing sector. Stimulating electric mobility and innovation in this sector, including the roll-out of charging infrastructure for both passenger vehicles and trucks, is essential to ensure that the climate ambitions can be achieved and that the Netherlands can remain a frontrunner in eMobility. The consortium will soon hear whether their Growth Plan has been selected to be further developed into a final application to the National Growth Fund.
"It would be great if the Growth Fund could support the consortium's plans, thereby accelerating the transition to electric mobility and further strengthening the leading position of the Netherlands in eMobility. Accelerating the energy transition is in line with Fastned's mission, so we are happy to take a leading role in this."
Fastned has been developing fast charging infrastructure for electric vehicles across Europe since 2012. Fastned’s mission is to accelerate the transition to sustainable mobility by giving freedom to electric drivers. Based in Amsterdam, the company has built 139 fast charging stations in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland. Fastned is working on the expansion into France. The company specialises in developing and operating fast charging infrastructure where drivers can charge their electric vehicle with up to 300 km of range in 15 minutes before continuing their journey. Fastned has 70+ employees across 6 markets (the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France and Switzerland) and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam (ticker AMS: FAST).