French novelist and playwright Honre de Balzac famously wrote about true love being eternal. Now, another European institution is pledging eternity for something else that will have green-car advocates all aflutter. Yes, it's free fast charging. Mon dieu!

Amsterdam-based Fastned is looking to gin up some extra startup cash to expand its fast-charging station network beyond its current count of 31 stations throughout Europe. The company is launching Fastned Founders Club, which is reserved for those who buy more than 2,500 shares of the company. At 10 euros a pop, that's at least a $27,500 investment. The prize? Free charging for the rest of that shareholder's life.

Fastned's efforts received a boost last December when the European Union committed to funding Fastned fast-charging "corridors" throughout Germany. The EU said at the time that it would earmark about two million euros for Fastned as part of the EU's Trans-European Transport Networks program. As of late last year, there were plans for 155 fast-charging stations for Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Holland. Fastned was slated to build 94 of those stations. Take a look at Fastned's press release below.
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Fastned offers shareholders lifetime free charging

Amsterdam, 19 mei 2015. Starting today, the Dutch company Fastned offers their shareholders the unique benefit of free fast-charging at all Fastned stations for the rest of their life. For this purpose the fast growing company today launched the Fastned Founders Club. Investors that purchase more than 2500 certificates of shares of Fastned of 10 euro apiece automatically become a member of this club and can immediately start charging for free. Joining the Founders Club is a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone who thinks about driving an electric car and sees opportunities in investing in the service stations of the future.

Fastned already has 31 stations operational, and is adding one new station every week. Co-founder and CEO Michiel Langezaal: "Our goal is similar to mobile telephony - to create a national network of fast charging stations with national coverage, which allows electric cars to go anywhere with peace of mind. Anyone who invests a substantial amount today becomes co-owner of the infrastructure of the future and can use it for free, forever." Apart from being a shareholder and the privilege of free lifetime charging, members of the Fastned Founders Club are invited to the annual Founders Dinner. Here they can meet other like minded investors and pioneers. The Fastned Founders Club will only be open for a limited time, and for a finite number of investors. At launch the club already has 17 members. Investing is possible via the Fastned website: www.fastned.nl/en/invest. Free charging will automatically be enabled for shareholders who own more than 2500 certificates.

"Our goal is similar to mobile telephony - to create a national network of fast chargers, which allows electric cars to go everywhere with peace of mind. Anyone who invests a substantial amount today becomes co-owner of the infrastructure of the future and can use it for free, forever.„
Michiel Langezaal, CEO and co-founder Fastned

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