European quick charge network to gain traction

by Ernie Hernandez on November 9, 2011

Nissan DC Quick Charger

Nissan's DC Quick Charger

Nissan giving away 400 DC quick charge stations in Europe

In a move that those of us stateside can only be envious of, Nissan Motor Company in Europe is giving away 400 DC quick charge stations. These installations will begin in roughly 90 days.

Nissan’s Zero Mobility Partners in Europe and other volunteering companies will be the recipients of Nissan’s generosity. The catch? The locations must offer a convenient and accessible charging location, installation starting in February 2012 and free or discounted charging for all Nissan LEAF customers for at least a year. The goal is to have a network of several thousand units across Europe over the next several years. We wrote an article back in September that provided the specifics of Nissan’s second generation DC quick charge station. One thing that we just learned in this new release is that the chargers are not only DC capable, they are also AC ready to support Renaults’s 43 kilowatt AC quick charge standard. While a network of DC quick charge stations may not be used on a daily or regular basis by any individual electric vehicle (EV) owner, the network of such units will allow longer trips that are currently unlikely to be taken by LEAF owners.

Selection of the participants started last month and will be determined by how they fulfill Nissan’s selection criteria previously mentioned. Perhaps Nissan North America is watching.

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Tom K November 10, 2011 at 9:04 am

Can Nissan be thinking that the charging infrastructure here in the states is healthy and in good hands? Send some of those QC’s over here to SoCal…

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Tom K November 10, 2011 at 9:12 am

As for Nissan’s efforts here, I guess this will have to do:

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/11/nissan-20111110.html

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