July 10, 2013

Nissan to add quick chargers at more than 100 US Leaf-certified dealerships

In an effort to speed the expansion of electric vehicle charging and build consumer awareness of the capability of the all-electric Nissan Leaf, Nissan will support installation of more than 100 DC quick chargers at Leaf-certified dealers in 21 key markets nationwide.

The units, which use the CHAdeMO standard, can charge the vehicle from depleted to about 80 per cent in about 30 minutes.

"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," said Brendan Jones, Director of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy, Nissan.

This quick charging initiative follows a 24-dealer pilot program, which Nissan rolled-out at dealerships in the markets of San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Seattle. During the pilot, Nissan has been able to study the frequency of use for the chargers and the impact that charging has on the dealer's operations.

"We are located at the intersection of two of the country's busiest freeways, so 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, 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."

Installation of new chargers will begin in east coast markets, starting this summer. By April 1, 2014, Nissan expects to have quick chargers installed and operational at 100 additional dealerships.

Nissan's charging partner AeroVironment will supply the quick chargers and will provide installation services for nearly all of the new quick charging units.


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