Nissan Leaf European Debut Worked On

Electric vehicle infrastructure company Coulomb recently announced that it completed charging station compatibility testing for the Nissan Leaf in order to prepare for the car’s roll out into the European market this year.

The Leaf is expected to roll out in Portugal, UK, The Netherlands, and Ireland in 2011, and Coulomb has stated that the green vehicle will be able to be charged at any of the company’s ChargePoint electric stations across Europe.

Nissan Leaf electric vehicle

image via Nissan

There are already over 100 ChargePoint stations in Amsterdam, and others in Ireland and the UK. The company claims its stations provide the lowest operational cost possible because of the monitoring software connected to the smart grid, which gives station owners the ability to set specific fees for use.

Domestically, Coulomb continues its expansion across the country. It is one of  several players in the EV charging station market, including ECOtality’s initiatives, which are partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.