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% in about 30 minutes. Nissan’s charging partner AeroVironment will supply the quick chargers and will provide installation services for nearly all of the new quick charging units.
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.—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.
As one example, Nissan of Downtown Los Angeles is averaging about 10 charging sessions per day at its quick charger. Richard Luengo, general manager, says that “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.”
Since the pilot began, about 5,600 charging sessions have taken place, with each location averaging about 4.5 sessions per day. That figure has been steadily on the rise as awareness has increased. Over the period of 21 June to 1 July, the number of charging sessions increased about 12.5% compared to the previous two-week period.
Installation of new chargers will begin in east coast markets, starting this summer. By 1 April 2014, Nissan expects to have quick chargers installed and operational at 100 additional dealerships.