While Tesla Motors has been busy installing SuperChargers all around Europe for its Model S electric sedan, other automakers have been busy as well putting up their own fast charge equipment in the same region. One of these is Nissan, who just announced the debut of its 1,000th 30-minute charger.
This newest in Nissan’s growing CHAdeMO quick charger network popped up at the Roadchef Clacket Lane Services in Surrey, United Kingdom. It is the latest in 195 chargers in the island nation alone, helping form electric corridors across the country that are linking major towns and cities. Its placement south of the capital of London on the M25 motorway now means drivers west of there have “easy access to Kent and onwards into Europe.”
The rate of installation of CHAdeMO quick chargers across Europe rose sharply in 2013, said Nissan, hugely increasing access for electric car drivers. In 2010 there were just 16 quick charging points. This rose to 155 a year later and 540 in 2012. The 1,000 mark in 2013 will be dwarfed by the end of 2014 with over 1,800 quick charger points expected.
The Nissan CHAdeMO quick chargers, under most conditions, provide compatible electric vehicles such as the Leaf a zero to eighty percent battery charge in just half-an-hour. The company has worked with a variety of players in various industries, including UK green energy specialist Ecotricity and Swiss multinational power company ABB, French quick charger manufacturers DBT, and the Portuguese EFACEC Corporation, leaders in the electromechanics field, on build out of this infrastructure.
“This is a huge landmark for zero-emission mobility,” said Nissan’s European director of electric vehicles Jean Pierre Diernaz in a statement, “allowing a range of EVs, including the Nissan Leaf and forthcoming Nissan e-NV200 electric van, to quickly extend their journeys.”