Nissan to take three prong approach – Dealers, Workplaces and Neighborhoods
Nissan announced a partnership with NRG Energy, along with its subsidiary company eVgo®, to install 40 DC quick charge stations in the Washington, D.C. area. This will be the first quick charge network in the area. This installation will be the first of a planned 500 unit installation over the next 18 months across the country.
As can be seen in the above graphic courtesy of PlugShare.com, the nation’s existing network of an estimated 160 quick chargers is concentrated on the West Coast, primarily in the Northwest. While the PlugShare graphic is not comprehensive, it does give a good representation of the current geographic distribution of the existing quick charge network, such as it is. An additional 500 quick charge stations will be a welcome contribution to this network.
Nissan provided no indication of the allocation of quick charge stations to Nissan dealerships, workplaces and neighborhoods, other than to say that their goal is to place them where people spend most of their time and do most of their driving. With The EV Project’s promise of a large network of DC quick chargers falling flat, it will be interesting to see if Nissan can actually implement this aggressive launch plan.
DC fast charge ports will be standard on the 2013 LEAF SL trim level, and optionally available on both the S and SV trim levels.