Nissan accelerating rollout of EV quick charge network in Europe by giving away 400 stations
08 November 2011
Nissan is accelerating plans for a European-wide Quick Charge (QC) network for electric vehicles by giving 400 new quick charging stations free of charge to EV charging operators.
The new Nissan quick chargers (earlier post) are engineered to the CHAdeMo standard and can deliver up to 50 kW of high voltage direct current (DC) electricity. The CHAdeMO—Charge to Move—standard was developed and agreed by a coalition of Japanese companies including Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Fuji Heavy Industries. Nissan’s QCs, therefore, can be used not just by drivers of Nissan LEAF but also by drivers of EVs from Mitsubishi, Citroën and Peugeot (the last two offering variants of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV).
The QC stations are also ‘AC-ready' to support the arrival of EVs from Alliance partner Renault designed to 43kW AC quick charge standards. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is promoting infrastructure deployment based on AC-DC Mix Quick Charger strategy.
The move follows an agreement between Nissan and five of Europe’s leading utility and EV infrastructure supply companies to speed up the provision of the latest quick chargers developed by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., which are less expensive—up to half the previous price—and smaller than before. The target is to have a network of quick charge stations across Europe with several thousand units in place by the end of 2012 and tens of thousands by 2015.
Strategically located, these new points will boost existing networks and give EV customers greater freedom and flexibility by effectively extending the range of their car. The lithium-ion batteries in Nissan LEAF can be recharged from 0 to 80% capacity in 30 minutes using such a quick charger.
A selection process for charging station recipients started on 10 October after which winners will be awarded chargers according to how they fulfill a strict list of criteria developed by Nissan. These include convenient and accessible charger location, installation starting February 2012 and free or discounted charging for all Nissan LEAF customers for at least one year.
So While Europe blooms with EVSEs, we in the U.S. are stuck with debate over the newest SAE plug standard, The ChadeMo plug and now the Tesla plug. Would you believe fast charger progress has stopped over a darn plug configuration? Is this another Republican dirty trick...just kidding!
Posted by: Lad | 08 November 2011 at 10:22 AM
Lad ...you may be closer to the truth than you think.
Posted by: HarveyD | 08 November 2011 at 03:34 PM
Considering that Tesla is responsible for 90% of the BEVs on the road today - maybe they have a good idea. On the other hand we are still not clear on how a commuter car needs charge stations like gas stations.
On another topic, can anyone please explain why we would want to force new LENR technology into old grid systems? Again, why transmit energy great distances, forcing electrons down reluctant copper/aluminum wires - when we can MAKE IT IN SITU??
Let's grok the GREEN part of this revolution. We no longer need to criss-cross the country with 660k miles - that is 660 THOUSAND miles of transmission cable. Because we MAKE ENERGY ON DEMAND IN SITU! Some stubborn utilities might want to build giant LENR reactors - but why? Just because we have an aging grid designed a century ago? Centralized power is outdated, unnecessary, inefficient.
The advent of LENR power sources is analogous to ice making a century ago. Before home refrigeration (a technology) we paid for the ice man to deliver our coolant. AFTER home refrigeration - we made our own ice IN SITU. As needed, ie with little waste. LENR (a technology) lets us make our own electricity IN SITU via CHP appliances.
Let's try and get over the fact we will no longer need centralized power plants, sub-stations, fuses, breakers, transmission cable, transformers, towers, and the costly maintenance and security issues. The grid, like the dinosaurs - is over, with the exception of localized micro-grids, for community, neighborhood and municipal uses.
Except to continue lining the pockets of utilities - where is this wrong?
Posted by: Reel$$ | 08 November 2011 at 07:57 PM
And let me as you - what will be fuel? Will it be natural gas. You do not need network for natural gas????? Will you not be captive customer of natural gas producer with much more capacity than you are today for oil? Is it cheaper? Will it be more reliable? Those small CHP's usually are connected to the grid and you always have to have backup for full load. So benefit "no grid" is diluted and grid costs sustain. In case of island operation costs go up and efficiency and reliability goes down.
How about NOx pollution distribution? It will be worse than for coal generation on large scale but at single spot.
Posted by: Darius | 09 November 2011 at 12:45 AM
You have been asked before to stop spamming threads with the ludicrous claims of the con-man Rossi.
This thread has nothing whatsoever to do with the subject you bring up.
I don't know what planet you live on where 90% of the BEVs are Teslas, but it is not this one.
Posted by: Davemart | 09 November 2011 at 02:35 AM
Darius - do your homework on LENR - there's a revolution underway you apparently have no idea of.
Davemart - can you name another passenger car in the US that has 1500 BEVs on the road? And who mentioned Rossi?
Posted by: Reel$$ | 09 November 2011 at 06:07 AM
Reel$$...the answer is Nissan Leaf with 15,000+ against 1500 for Tesla. Secondly, how about supporting the new 45% efficient Sharp solar panels and future 1000 Km long range Toyota's Solid State batteries instead of Rossi's gadget.
Leaf-2 BEV + Sharp solar cells + Toyota solid state batteries could be a winning ultra clean sustainable combination by 2015 or so.
Posted by: HarveyD | 09 November 2011 at 06:36 AM
Nissan Leaf US sales to date 7,000:
You are always banging on about Rossi, who are far as I know is the one who reckons he has a LENR ready to roll.
Others are sane and not con-men, so put demonstrating LENR let alone deploying it years in the future.
In any case, none of them have anything to do with the subject of this thread, which is Nissan deploying fast charge stations.
You would be better served by researching basics like Teals sales in the US before making a fool of yourself on that subject too, rather than droning on about LENR.
Posted by: Davemart | 09 November 2011 at 06:56 AM
From what we can tell the real numbers for Leaf are around 4k units. Great! Respect for the Nissan and VOLT teams. Any EV sale is a good sale. My point is simply that Tesla who started the EV rebirth seven years ago, has a dog in the scrap.
We are happy to see solid progress on batteries, (solid state and otherwise) they will go nicely with new LENR-based CHP appliances providing the electric power needed to charge them. You boys may not like losing influence over how technology is meted out, but it's a different world now. No longer run by self-appointed fiefdoms.
Livery was upset when Ford built the Model A... others are upset when Miley, Focardi, Rossi, Piantelli, Patterson, Bushnell, Josephson, Mills, Navy,SPAWAR, SRI, U Illinois, U Bologna, MIT, etc, etc, tell us there is an excess heat technology going commercial today.
Resistance is futile. Ohms law.
Posted by: Reel$$ | 09 November 2011 at 02:32 PM
If we dismantle the energy grid with localized production and the everlasting iron boot of Rossi and his patent law goons on our necks who will provide power for the poor rural communities that cant afford a cold fusion reactor?
.. whoa breathe!..
Pretty smart of Nissan to sprinkle their branded charger all over the European landscape. Their cost should be under $6 million.
Posted by: Herm | 09 November 2011 at 07:17 PM
Herm...yes, manufacturers and governments should be more pro-active with massive installation of strategically located quick charge public stations. USA would need 50,000+ as soon as possible. Of course, 100+ M home units will also be required but they will probably be offered/packaged with future EV sales.
Posted by: HarveyD | 10 November 2011 at 08:54 AM
Herm, interesting speculation. There are at present some 2,200 peer reviewed papers on some aspect of LENR science. A thousand laboratories around the world have documented the effect. What makes you think that Signore Rossi has a worldwide exclusive patent on this new area of physics? Rather myopic?
And the mechanics of a "fusion reactor" are so simple you can build one at home (Pop Sci is making blueprints now.) So even if you buy the Cadillac Rossi/Focardi E-Cat built by GE or Panasonic - it'll still run about $500/kW CCHP.
In fact your scenario raises just one of thousands that will be well addressed by distributed (off grid) energy production from LENR or solar or (??)wind/geo. How better to address millions of people living in the bush of Africa, India, China, Australia etc. - than a source of self-sustaining energy? Expect large global foundations, government and the UN to make deals to deliver these units to rural communities and homes for $10/kW.
Harvey, Level Two charging will drop in cost to $250-500 installed by local electricians since it is little more than a 220V dryer outlet.
Posted by: Reel$$ | 10 November 2011 at 11:11 AM
Reel$$ ...agree with you that a simple 40 Amps, 230 VAC outlet would do but eventually, the majority will want wireless home (and public) charging units. Next will come the mobile (on-the-move) charging units to make energy transfers fully transparent and extend e-range to infinity.
Posted by: HarveyD | 10 November 2011 at 01:18 PM
Hmm, would those be mobile "charge" units or simply electricity made in situ?? Must remember, "Think global, ACT local."
Posted by: Reel$$ | 11 November 2011 at 04:44 PM
Geez Reel$$, you've turned this into a religion. Please give it a rest. When Rossi produces and makes available a single working device that someone else is allowed to test then we can debate what he has.
He is clearly a con-man. If he was real,he could prove his device is real at anytime...if it truly is. Just let someone else have it and test it and we'll all hail the future of mankind. Until then, please, PLEASE give it a rest.
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