|New quick charger, standard specification. Click to enlarge.|
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. revealed its new quick charger and plans to begin sales of the technology in November 2011 at Nissan parts companies throughout Japan. The newly-developed quick charging unit retains the high performance of the current quick charger manufactured by Nissan (earlier post), which is now on sale with a suggested retail price of ¥1.47 million yen including tax (US$19,000), but is nearly half the size (by volume).
The new charger unit’s smaller size will take up less space and enable easier installation. The unit will cost “significantly” less than ¥1 million (US$13,000), according to Nissan, while the base specification unit will cost only below one half the price of the current unit.
The lower price is enabled by the adoption of new electric circuit technology developed in cooperation with Nagaoka University of Technology and by harnessing technology used in Nissan manufacturing and R&D, Nissan said.
Nissan aims to sell 5,000 of the new quick chargers by the end of fiscal year 2015 (March 2016) to contribute to the ongoing development of the EV quick charging infrastructure in Japan. The company plans to install the new charging units at an increasing number of its dealerships nationwide and introduce the new units at local government facilities and in locations that draw large numbers of customers in regions throughout Japan.
Nissan is also proactively seeking partner companies for sales. Preparations are also underway for future sales of the new quick charger in the US and in European markets.
Features of the new quick charger include:
Safety. The new unit can be used even in rainy weather, and offers many safety features, such as monitoring against a potential short circuit when the charging unit is interfacing with the EV, for safe charging.
Compatibility. It complies with CHAdeMO protocol and is compatible with Nissan EVs as well as EVs manufactured by other companies.
Responsive to various charging environments. To meet a variety of customer needs, Nissan has developed three specifications: base, standard and cold weather specifications.
|Rated input||49 kW 3-AC200V|
|Output voltage||Maximum DC500V|
|Output current||Maximum DC125A|
|EV connector||JEVS G 105-1993* compliant|
|* JEVS G105-1993: The Japan Automotive Research Institute (JARI) has created a new organization for EV technology standardization, the Japan Electric Vehicle Association Standard (JEVS). G 105-1993 is the connector to be used for EV quick charging systems.|