Do electric car quick chargers dream of lithium-ion sheep?

Nissan has released a video called "A Day in the Life of an EV Quick Charger" to spread the word about the expanding national electric-car charging infrastructure.

The charger in question is located in Franklin, Tennessee--not far from where the plug-in Leaf electric car is built.

The video features Leaf owners pulling up, plugging in, and extolling the virtues of DC fast charging stations, like the ones Nissan plans to install all over the country.

Back in January, Nissan announced plans to triple the number of quick-charging stations in the U.S. It plans to expand the national network from 160 stations to 500.

A fast charging station can recharge a Leaf battery pack to 80 percent in 20 to 30 minutes, adding about 50 miles of range in most circumstances.

The Leaf owners interviewed in this video say that's the perfect amount of time to grab lunch or sit in the car and answer a few e-mails.

However, electric-car drivers who are tempted to stick around for that last 20 percent have caused a few etiquette issues.

Most quick chargers are programmed to slow down after a battery is 80 percent charged to prevent overheating. A full 100-percent charge takes significantly longer than an 80-percent charge.

Nissan's quick-charging stations use the CHAdeMO standard. Aside from the very low-volume Mitsubishi i-MiEV, however, it's the only car to use CHAdeMO in the U.S.

Other electric cars, such as the upcoming 2014 BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Spark EV that recently went on sale, will use the new Combined Charging System (CCS, also known as SAE Combo).


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