Nissan, feeling inspired by recent results from a pilot program in which quick chargers for electric cars are installed at some of its dealers, announced it plans to add more so those behind the wheel of electric vehicles have more options from which to charge up during their drives.
The Japanese automaker said it will add more than 100 DC quick chargers at dealerships in 21 nationwide markets. This will begin in the east starting this summer, and by April of next year it expects to have completed this roll out in full. The chargers being installed use the CHAdeMO standard and can charge an all-electric Leaf’s battery from depleted to about 80 percent in about 30 minutes.
The original pilot which gave Nissan information it needed to expand initially happened in 24 dealers in the west coast markets of San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Seattle. During this period it studied the frequency of use for the chargers and the impact that charging has on the dealer’s operations, finding that
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 June 21-July 1, the number of charging sessions increased about 12.5 percent compared to the previous two-week period.
Nissan turned to AeroVironment, its charging partner, to supply the chargers, as well as the installation services for nearly all the units. Besides offering a quick charge for those in need, the company is likely looking to cultivate a little good will as well from those within the electric vehicle community.