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Fastned’s First German EV Fast Charging Stations

By Roy L Hales

Germany is building out an EV fast charging infrastructure. Two months ago, the European Commission decided “Germany’s scheme to roll out a network of user-friendly infrastructure for charging electric vehicles across the country is in line with EU state aid rules.”  The government will invest €300 million (nearly $320 US) and two-thirds of this is designated to accelerate the development of a fast charging network. The buildout started long before any announcement of Government funding. 292 units were installed last year. Construction of the Dutch company Fastned’s first German EV fast charging stations is about to commence.

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Europe’s Largest EV Fast Charging Station Company Announced An Important Milestone

By Roy L Hales

In the five years since Fastned incorporated, they have built 59 fast charging stations through-out the Netherlands. Investors funded this expansion. Now many of these stations are generating revenue. Last week Europe’s largest EV Fast Charging Station company announced an important milestone.

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Fastned Raised EUR 2.5 Million Over The Weekend

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Fastned’s original funding came from its founders and angel investors such as the Lubbers family (Breesaap) and Fred Matser (Flowfund). Last year, the Dutch fast charging station company needed three weeks to raise EUR 3 million selling share certificates on Nx’change. Now, Fastned raised EUR 2.5 million over the weekend.
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$10 Billion PEV Market By 2020

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMMichel Langezaal believes that electric cars could replace gas cars, as the vehicle of choice, within a decade. The tipping point will come after they have more range and are competitively priced. He said, “History shows us that once you hit 5% or 6%, if the product is better, then the breakthrough comes much quicker.” The latest LUX Research report is more conservative and predicts a $10 Billion PEV Market By 2020.

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Everybody may be driving EVs in 10-15 Years

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1People working in automotive development labs today see cars which will hit the road in a couple of years time and know their internal combustion counterparts cannot compete: they see the tipping point today. For most of us, it is still a future event. Today’s electric vehicles need to become more affordable. They need longer range and an infrastructure to support them. Fastned’s CEO, Michiel Langezaal, says everything will move quickly after these issues are addressed. Everybody may be driving EVs in 10-15 Years.

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The EV Tipping Point Is Almost Here

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMFastned CEO Michael Langezaal recently compared EVs to computers on wheels. Gas powered vehicles, on the other hand, have a single function: going forward.  The EVs superiority is so obvious that once they have  4-6% of the market and an infrastructure is in place, they will take over. Today’s announcement that Fastned is partnering with Nissan is a wake-up call. The EV tipping point is almost here.

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The EV Tipping Point Will Arrive Quickly

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though the Netherland’s EV sales are picking up, Fastned’s co- founder & CEO Michiel Langezaal does think they will reach  the national goal of 200,000 electric cars on the road by 2020. According to Michiel this number includes not only fully electric cars, but also the Hybrids.There are still parts of the country that are beyond the reach of EVs with a 100 kilometers per charge range. Around 85% of the population do not have their own parking spaces.  Yet Fastned’s co- founder & CEO Michiel Langezaal says the EV tipping point will arrive quickly.
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