Nissan To Add Electric-Car Fast Charging At More Than 100 Dealers

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While Nissan Leaf owners in Europe have enjoyed fast charging at Nissan dealerships for some time, the scheme has been slow to make its way to America.

That's set to change soon, as Nissan announces the installation of 100 DC quick chargers at dealerships across the U.S. before April 1 next year.

Those will join the 24 fast chargers already sited at 24 dealers on the west coast, in key Leaf markets such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Seattle. The pilot scheme has proved highly popular and some dealers have even seen a marked increase in sales.

"Having a quick charger available for the thousands of commuters who drive by us every day is a boon for business," said Richard Luengo, general manager, Nissan of Downtown Los Angeles.

The Nissan dealer is averaging around 10 charges per day, and generating good will in the Leaf community--while sales have risen over the four months the charger has been installed.

Nissan has recorded around 5,600 charging sessions overall at the initial 24 dealers with DC fast chargers, around 4.5 per day on average--and that figure is increasing as awareness builds.

With dealers often sited on major routes, a hundred extra DC fast charge stations--using the familiar CHAdeMO standard and installed by AeroVironment--should make it significantly easier for Leaf owners to charge during the day. The charging stations are capable of delivering an 80 percent charge in around 30 minutes.

Naturally, Nissan is hoping these charging stations provide extra incentive for Leaf sales, which are already increasing since the debut of the Tennessee-produced models.

Last month, Nissan delivered 2,225 examples of the 2013 Leaf, maintaining its monthly average of just over 2,000 units.


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  1. In China even a poor company with no money put in more than 2000 fast chargers (10 minutes)in one province.

  2. The 2000 fast chargers are for electric bikes. there are 20,000,000 electric bikes in China.

  3. fast chargers? You mean the 240V outlets?

  4. A great move by Nissan as long as the dealers allow all Leafs to charge and not just the ones purchased and serviced at that dealership.

  5. Will the Leaf dealers let other electric cars like the iMiev fast charge too? If they don't, will they be criticized like Tesla for their lack of concern for the "electric car community"? Perhaps the supercharger network gave Nissan something to think about. Now THAT benefits the electric car community.

  6. Got to say the fast chargers in the UK are great, I regularly drive more than 200 miles in a 24 hour period, that is simply not possible without the rapid chargers. However the best place for rapid chargers is motorway service stations (at least in the UK). Luckily for us, we've got quite a few of them situated at motorway service stations, 50 miles apart and availably 24 hours a day! They are installed by Ecotricity, a green energy company and are currently free to use!

    In my experience, in the UK at least, Nissan dealers have been happy to let LEAF owners charge up, irrespective of where the car was purchased!

  7. You guys(Europe) are way ahead of US. While you guys(Europe) are already using Quick chargers and EVs, we have just begun.
    California>Rest of US

  8. This sounds wonderful, however until the 96 cell battery pack degradation issue is corrected, this is just more worthless fluff!

  9. Battery doesn't degrade quickly at all if the climate is cool. It is heat that kills the batteries prematurely. What Nissan needs to do is add active cooling for LEAFs in hot climates!

    (c. 24k miles with little or no loss of range, despite regularly quick charging multiple times per trip)

  10. The L2 chargers at nissan dealerships seemed like a bad idea. Who will sit and wait 1-3 hours for a good amount of miles to be added? And, if it is for their demo cars, they could charge overnight on 120V and have a full demo vehicle by morning to give a few rides. The Nissan dealership near me isn't that open to coming in and charing a Volt for a few hours.

  11. These chargers that are to be installed at Nissan dealerships are most likely DC Fast Chargers. According to the article above these are NOT L-2 chargers.

  12. That is correct. These are CHAdeMO DC quick charging stations, NOT 240-Volt Level 2 charging stations (which are not considered to be "fast" or "quick").

  13. The Nissan dealer new you is not open to coming in and charging? The Nissan dealer in my area deliberately parks non-EVs at the two charging stations to prevent Leafs from charging. Another dealer in a nearby town has rude sales guys who just ignore you when you call to inquire about Nissan Leafs. How can Nissan grow and an EV company with crappy gasoline-motorheads for salesmen?

  14. Great!!

    Nissan needs to promote this wonderful car and installing Level 3 chargers at dealerships is a step in that direction.

    Hopefully part of the agreement between Nissan and the dealerships is that it will be open to all Leaf's and not to just the ones supporting that dealers identity.

  15. The NISSAN in 3 years has only sold about 10,000 Leaf cars in Europe. I've been told it's a complete BUST. Still the socialist are funding it. Believing in the need for clean energy and the driver of a Honda Hybrid I wonder if the "fast chargers" are paid for by the taxpayers and "if" that money is spent in a wiser spot. NISSAN got 1.4 Billion in a DOE loan & the terms are hidden can someone find them. Are the chargers paid for by the loan and if so was "logic" part of the decision in where to install the chargers.

  16. Add 30,000 LEAFs sold in U.S. plus 29,000 in Japan and globally number of Leafs sold is about to pass 70,000. The number LEAFs globally, at current production rate will be close to 100,000 by Nissan's financial year-end in Mar 2014.

    The number of LEAFs sold in last six months in U.S. is as many as sold in all of 2012. As of now the number of LEAFs build in Symrna, TN (6 months since production started in 2013) is greater than number sold in either 2011, or 2012. Numbers busted!

    Note: the Symrna plant runs multiple lines with a mix of vehicle models and just not the LEAF. Current U.S. Leaf inventory is approximately 30 days, somewhat less than a few months common on dealer lots as Nissan continues to tune production.

  17. The Dept. of Energy award was from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing fund. The majority of the loan was for general plant retooling and an energy efficient painting facility in addition to building a battery plant.

    The main goals of the DoE loan were to improve overall plant and vehicle energy efficiency, displacing gasoline and reducing GHG (CO2, etc). These manufacturing improvements also improve efficiencies for hybrid and traditional internal combustion vehicles on the production lines (not just the LEAF).

    The DC Quick Charge infrastructure is not manufactured in Symrna, so is unrelated to the loan.

  18. Sharyn - I'd suggest paying more attention to basic grammar and punctuation when trying to get your message across. Aside from your usual dubious claims, it's pretty much impossible to understand your written language to begin with (and you were an exec at Nissan; really???)

  19. I am confused. I own a Leaf, and the owner's manual suggests that battery life is prolonged if (1) one trys to consistently charge to no more than 80%, and (2) if one does NOT do quick charges. I also live in a got climate (Texas), and it worries me that Nissan will quick charge my vehicle behind my back when I take it in for its yearly inspection.

  20. Leaving Leaf parked with high (91-100%), or low (1-10%) battery state of charge for extended periods (weeks, months) can impact lifetime capacity. It's time spend at extreme high/low charge states, more that using that part of capacity range.

    The concern with quick charging is heat generated internal to battery modules (also when driving at high speeds, or hills) due to high amp current (eg: increasing ~10C, ~20F). This can be an issue if the battery temperature is already hot (driving, or environmental). Since the batteries have lots of physical mass, they can take a while to to cool down.

    Note the temperature gauge is not linear, the display shown is compressed at high-end of scale.

  21. Exactly. It's _prolonged_ exposure to extremes (temperature, SoC) which is best avoided.

    @Charles, see page EV-24.

    "Avoid sustained high battery temperature" caused e.g. by "extended highway driving with multiple quick charges".

    I suspect that in this case the problem isn't really highway driving (unless it's mostly/constantly uphill, it doesn't heat up the battery all that much), but quick-charging every hour.
    The Leaf will slow down charging or prevent it altogether in extreme situations, but obviously thermal-stressing the battery this way is not something one would want to do on a daily basis...

  22. "extended highway driving with multiple quick charges".

    As in Canada to Mexico Electric Car rally?

  23. Try driving on a long road trip with Leaf will cause you to drive 1 hr and then quick charge, and then repeat...

    So, another evidence that Leaf is NOT ready for long road trip?

  24. Temperatures will be a concern when they are above:

    Owners Manual:
    "Exposing a vehicle to ambient temperatures above 120F (49C) for over 24 hours."

    Repair Manual:
    "If the paint booth temperature is more than 140°F (60°C), have the Li-ion Battery removed"

    Note a vehicle in hot dry desert climate can get very wam internally if left in full sun, or blacktop can easily be 10-20° greater that air above.

    If you worried about effects of quick charging and it's warm, try charging early in the day when the battery is the coolest.

  25. "Exposing a vehicle to ambient temperatures above 120F (49C) for over 24 hours."

    This along with parking in extreme cold temperature with a low charge state will VOID your capacity warranty.

    I guess owners should NEVER take their Leaf to Death Valley National Park in the summer....

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