Fastned commits to great EV charging experience for all drivers by joining safety endorsement body ChargeSafe
- Independent, public EV charging endorsement body ChargeSafe will inspect each Fastned site as part of a UK-wide site assessment for safety and accessibility
- ChargeSafe’s detailed site inspection criteria are based on draft PAS1899 BSI standards for accessible charge points
- Site inspection data made available to Fastned as a subscriber will drive network improvement
- Fastned’s new ten-charger, high-power hub site Energy Superhub Oxford scores a ChargeSafe rating of 4.28/5
5 October 2022: Fastned, the European rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging company, has subscribed to ChargeSafe, a public charging endorsement body that independently inspects and rates EV charging locations.
ChargeSafe is inspecting and rating all of Fastned’s UK-based charging locations this year, based on over 60 criteria for safety and accessibility, with ratings out of five made publicly available. By subscribing, Fastned can review the detailed data behind the scores to identify specific areas to further improve the charging service it offers its customers.
ChargeSafe’s accessibility criteria have been developed in line with the draft PAS1899 BSI standards for accessible charge points. Combined with detailed safety criteria, from lighting and CCTV to nearby facilities and busy-ness, the simple rating system will provide drivers with more informed charging options for day and night.
Fastned is a leading European rapid charging company that was founded ten years ago in the Netherlands. Operating a quickly expanding network of more than 200 stations across six countries, Fastned opened its first UK-based station in Sunderland in 2019. With its long term experience, Fastned offers a ultra-rapid charging concept that is highly valued by its customers.
“Fastned was set up a decade ago with a mission to bring freedom to electric drivers. Freedom means not worrying about when and where you’re going to charge; knowing there are enough chargers, that they’ll work, and that payment will be smooth and easy. You also want to feel safe, comfortable, and secure when charging, wherever or whoever you are.
“Charge Safe's mission to drive up consumer standards echoes our own. We are proud not only to work with Kate and the team to improve our offering, but to support Chargesafe in raising the profile of the importance of safe, accessible and comfortable charging for all drivers."
ChargeSafe will be assessing all Fastned stations, with the recently launched flagship station at Energy Superhub Oxford scoring a rating of 4.28.
“The aim of ChargeSafe is to support the public charging networks to identify areas for improvement with greater accuracy, championing what’s being done well and ultimately leading to a more inclusive charging experience for the UK. We’re delighted to be working with a leading European rapid charging network such as Fastned and we hope other charging networks follow suit soon to give drivers better charge options when considering their safety and accessibility needs.”
“It’s great to see another major Charge Point Operator commit to the highest standards for their stations. Accessible, safe and reliable charging is going to be critical for the continued uptake of electric vehicles. With growing momentum behind the ChargeSafe commitment, we hope to see more operators sign up to improve safety and accessibility across the board”.
Fastned has been developing 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 currently has 200+ charging stations in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France and Switzerland. The company specialises in developing and operating ultra-rapid charging infrastructure where drivers can charge their electric vehicle with up to 300 miles of range in 20 minutes before continuing their journey. Fastned is listed on Euronext Amsterdam (ticker AMS: FAST).
ChargeSafe is an independent, public charging endorsement body that is committed to improving and maintaining safety and accessibility for electric vehicle drivers using the UK’s public charge infrastructure. Its measures of site expectations to deliver a safe and easily accessible charge experience, to every motorist in the UK, provides the charge-point networks with valuable insights and detailed feedback as to what improvements can be made and where they are required, as well as real-time feedback accessible via a dashboard.
Its partnerships with public charge-point mapping applications also enable EV drivers better visibility as to the safety score of a location, to make a more informed choice when selecting a charger. ChargeSafe is committed to a transparent approach and to remain unbiased. This is why its inspections are randomly audited by an independent third party to ensure a high-quality service is provided and no safety score is compromised. ChargeSafe will always place safety at the heart of everything we do.
About EVA England
Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England was established in June 2020 to offer a voice, services and representation to current and prospective electric vehicle drivers in England. EVA England is a non-profit community interest company founded by passionate EV drivers inspired by the benefits of electric driving and concerned by the health and climate impacts of the use of petrol and diesel cars and vans.