Nissan Sets 1,500 - 2,000 DC Quick Charging Target For U.S. By 2014

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When the Nissan Leaf launched in 2010, it came with an optional Chademo direct current (DC) quick charging port that could enable its 24 kilowatt-hour battery pack to recharge to 80 percent in under 30 minutes at compatible quick charge stations. 

So far, there are only a handful of DC quick charging stations in the whole of the U.S., but Nissan has plans to change that, with a goal of selling up to 2,000 quick charging stations to the U.S. over the next two years. 

Unveiled last year, Nissan’s range of DC charging stations are more than two-thirds cheaper and require one half of the physical space of previous generation DC chargers. 

They even come with more options, allowing charging stations to be deployed everywhere from parking garages to street-side parking spaces in states that get extremely cold winter weather. 

At $9,900, Nissan’s basic quick charge station is designed for indoor use, but comes with over 6 feet of cable -- meaning it can serve not one but multiple parking spaces when sited correctly. More expensive options add touch-screen capabilities and heating to ensure that the charger operates correctly, regardless of the weather. 

Nissan Direct Current Rapid Charging Station

Nissan Direct Current Rapid Charging Station

In Europe, Nissan has agreed to give away 400 of its quick DC charging stations to companies willing to provide free 24-hour access and free charging to Leaf owners for the next year, but in North America, Nissan plans to sell its DC quick charging stations to charging station companies and individual businesses. 

“Our two year goal is to sell 1,500 to 2,000 chargers,” Nissan North America spokesman Brendan Jones told us earlier this week. “We will accomplish this goal via our Retail and Wholesale process.”

Even though Nissan North America is selling the DC quick chargers instead of giving them away, charging might still be free initially, says Jones.

“Several partners plan to offer free charging at first and then have a subscription based service in the future,” Jones reassured us. "eTec, which has the most DC quick charging installations, is offering free charging for the first year.”

If everything goes according to plan, Nissan expects more than 800 DC quick charging stations will be installed in the U.S. in the next two months, with over 1,000 quick charging stations online by the end of 2012. 

At the moment, expect most of those charging stations to be located in areas with an already high number of electric cars on the road, with most located in high population areas. 

But we’d also expect popular routes, like the I-5 in California between Los Angeles and San Francisco, to soon see quick charging stations installed. 


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Comments (8)
  1. Great going Nissan. You are more than just an automaker; you are an innovator. Why don't you also invest in the Thorium nuclear battery that can get e-cars over 300,000 miles.

  2. These 50KW CHAdeMO units are adequate to fastcharge small batteries like the Leaf's in a reasonable time, but they lack the capacity for fastcharging large batteries like Tesla uses. The smart thing would be to agree on a standard with 3-4 times the capacity of CHAdeMO and work on an infrastructure that's ready for the future straightaway.

  3. "These 50KW CHAdeMO units are adequate to fastcharge small batteries like the Leaf's...they lack the capacity for fastcharging large batteries like Tesla uses."

    The same kWh's that flow to a Leaf's battery will flow to the Tesla's. It doesn't take any more range for a Tesla to drive to dinner than the Leaf.

    A mistake people often make it to assume that cars with big batteries are fully discharged every day, and quick charging for errands to the cleaners and picking up the kids after school can't work for Tesla drivers because the battery takes to long to charge.

    For longer trips, if EV drivers stop for lunch, the Leaf and Tesla could get the same juice. Difference is the Leaf's 1st stop is sooner. 30 min charge = 300 mi Roadster range

  4. Of course these CHAdeMO will charge a large battery too, but where a 30 minute charge will fill up a Leaf to capacity it will add only about 25-30% of capacity to an 85 KWH battery. So despite your large battery your car will still not be suitable for longer roadtrips because of inadequate charging infrastructure. That sort of mistakes won't help EV adoption. There is a reason Tesla is setting up it's own charging network!

  5. You must be logged in to post your comment.Now QC is a long way away from using it to drive cross country. what it does is doubles the effective range of the EV. so for a Leaf instead of being restricted to 65-90 miles its now 130-160 miles. you now went from covering 85% of daily use to 97% of daily use. THAT is what QC is for. i find it strange that Nissan sees fit to donate chargers to Europe but will not donate any to the US?

  6. Very nice statistics, unless it turns out that 97% of consumers will opt for the car that can do 100% of their trips. That's why I feel that infrastructure should be aimed at making EV's as convenient to use as ICE vehicles. That's what QC is for in my opinion.

  7. "If everything goes according to plan, Nissan expects more than 800 DC quick charging stations will be installed in the U.S. in the next two months, with over 1,000 quick charging stations online by the end of 2012."

    Something wrong there. 800 new QC can't be installed in next 2 months. And then only 200 rest of the year. Is it 80 instead of 800 ?

  8. This seems like a fluff piece, light on hard facts. Sure, Nissan wants to sell lots of whatever they have, but there's no concrete data on how they might do that beyond they have a desire. They could give these away in San Diego, and throw in free installations, and we still couldn't operate them at a profit with $1000's in public utility SDGE demand fees for the privilege of drawing over 20kW.

    By the way, the Tesla can pull up to 90kW with their newest charger.

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