Fastned has opened its latest ultra-rapid EV charging station in Washington, catering for commuters to and from South Tyneside, as well as Sunderland.

The station, based off the A183 on Parsons Road, comprises eight charging bays, each of which is supplied by 100% renewable energy, capable of adding up to 300 miles of range to fully-electric cars in 20 minutes.

There is also a highly visible solar canopy that helps EV drivers to locate the site and stay dry while charging.

It is situated next to several amenities, including a Greggs, and sits a short drive from Nissan’s Sunderland plant, which recently hit a milestone of producing 250,000 Leaf EVs.

The launch is Fastned’s 13th in the UK and its seventh in the North East.

Fastned says the new station, which includes a range of payment options, will play a vital role in providing fast, reliable and accessible charging to the growing number of EVs, including private and commercial vehicles, in the North East of England.

It is also Fastned’s first ultra-rapid station in the North East to be fully funded by the company and built without grant support.

Tom Hurst, UK country manager for Fastned, said, “Our new Washington site, based just down the road from Nissan’s EV powerhouse, adds to the fantastic network of charging stations we have established in the area.

“We look forward to welcoming drivers from Washington and beyond to our award-winning, unique electric vehicle charging experience that puts drivers at the centre.”

Fastned was recently ranked the joint best charging point operator in the UK, according to users of charge point mapping service Zap Map.


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