Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (7201) Is Launching Fast Chargers For The LEAF Across The Country
People that know a thing or two about Tesla Motors likely knows that the company uses a network of Superchargers across the United States so that Tesla Model S owners can quickly recharge their vehicle batteries while on long road trips. Now Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (TYO:7201) will be launching a faster charger network of their own for the Nissan LEAF. Nissan said that their stations will be able to give an 80% refuel in about half an hour.
Around 124 quick-charge systems will be offered at Nissan dealerships across the United States and they will be fully launched by April 1, 2014. Nissan tested around 24 charging stations in locations like San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, and L.A. so far using the CHAdeMO-compliant fast-charge kit.
Nissan saw an average of about 4.5 recharge sessions per day at each location. The demand kept rising as more LEAF owners realized that the charging stations were available. The charging stations will start being built on the east coast starting this summer. The company wants to have chargers at the “21 key markets” eventually.
“Nissan is undertaking a proactive, multi-pronged approach to expand charging infrastructure to enhance awareness of electric cars like the LEAF and instill range confidence in potential customers,” stated Brendan Jones, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy. “We know that available charging infrastructure opens the doors for more Nissan LEAF sales.”