Nissan announced it’s plans to increase their charging station networks to more than 100 DC quick chargers at LEAF-certified dealers in 21 key markets nationwide.
Approximately 850 U.S. dealers are currently certified to sell and service Nissan Leaf models.
This announcement comes after a 24-dealer pilot program, in which Nissan rolled out at dealerships in the markets of San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Seattle.
The units, which use the CHAdeMO standard, can charge the vehicle from depleted to about 80 percent in about 30 minutes. The CHAdeMO is a Japanese-led technology that pumps electrons directly to the battery. It’s used by the Leaf and Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV and some Toyotas.
Brendan Jones, director of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy, Nissan said in a press release, “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. We know that available charging infrastructure opens the doors for more Nissan LEAF sales.”
Installation of new chargers will begin this summer in the east coast markets, which will include New York and Washington, D.C. A Nissan spokesman said the expansion would also include Midwestern markets in Chicago and St. Louis. By April 1, 2014, Nissan expects to have quick chargers installed and operational at 100 additional dealerships.
Nissan’s charging partner, AeroVironment, will produce the charger stations and will provide installation services for almost all new quick charging units according to Nissan.
Because of customers worries of getting stranded on the road somewhere, most will decide not to buy a Nissan Leaf, but Nissan wants to change that.
“Having a quick charger available for the thousands of commuters who drive by every day is a boon for business,” said Richard Luengo, general manager, Nissan of Downtown Los Angeles, which is averaging about 10 charging sessions per day at its quick charger. “There is a steady stream of folks using the charger, and we’ve generated significant good will in the LEAF community. Over the past four months, our dealership has seen a marked improvement in sales, and some of that is clearly attributable to the new quick charger.”
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