Nissan to add 500 DC quick charge stations in 18 months

by Ernie Hernandez on January 31, 2013

DC quick charge locations

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.

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Robert February 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

I thinly all Nissan dealers should have them, there are enough dealers around to make it an effective start.

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Ernie Hernandez (LEAFguy) February 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

Robert – Welcome to Living LEAF. It would be great if all Nissan dealers offered the DC quick chargers, but we don’t see that happening anytime soon. They are very expensive and in large metropolitan areas the dealers are so close together that it really does not make sense to require their installation in every location – at least not yet. When LEAFs are everywhere – which the new 2013 lease program will help with – we will likely see more Nissan dealerships offer to install these units. But this Nissan corporate program is a good start.

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finecadmin February 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

Bumped into an NRG guy. That 40 stations is 40 total, not 40 CHAdeMo. Of course, any new public installation is progress.

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Ernie Hernandez (LEAFguy) February 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

finecadmin – Welcome to Living LEAF. Our thinking is that the NRG guy that you bumped into wasn’t aware of the facts. Nissan’s release states “Nissan supplying 40 fast chargers to NRG’s eVgo network in greater Washington D.C.” The only fast chargers that Nissan has are CHAdeMO units. It goes on to state “Each Freedom Station site will have a Nissan fast charger that can provide EVs such as the Nissan LEAF with up to an 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes.” These Freedom Stations will also include level 2 charging capabilities.

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Sasparilla February 14, 2013 at 9:58 am

This is nice to see, it’d be even better if Nissan could list where and when, but this will be very helpful. The more of these that are around the suburbs, the more practical the Leaf becomes for more people.

Nissan should make the Quick Charger port standard on the Leaf no matter the model. It can help alleviate the range anxiety in potential customers minds.

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Jeff May 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm

They have been putting in the quick chargers in Southern California. At least 4 dealers now have quick chargers and the AQMD in Diamond Bar has 2 also. I am going to try and find the one in Downtown LA soon. This is great that they are committing to the electric vehicle. I am driving up to 150 miles a day when necessary.

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Ernie Hernandez (LEAFguy) May 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

Jeff – Glad to hear it. The idea of knowing that you can charge quickly if you need to is a great relief. I’m looking forward to having many more units in SoCal.

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Leaf lover June 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Any progress on this ?
Only 1 dealer in all sd county has a DC CHARGER, and of all places it’s the farthest north east away from the city !!!

Who chose them as the first most impactfull location ?…..
This is so sad and stupid…

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Ernie Hernandez (LEAFguy) June 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Leaflover – Welcome to Living LEAF. I don’t know how Nissan decides which dealers get the DC quick charge stations. I’m sure each dealership has some input into the installation, as they ultimately have to foot the bill. For instance, the Connell Nissan dealership in Orange County has a quick charge station, but last I heard, they charge to use it. I just checked plugshare.com, and it looks like Toyota of El Cajon has installed a quick charge station. Interesting, as they currently have no vehicles that can use it. Look for more San Diego Nissan dealerships to offer this at some point – we just don’t know when. Keep in mind there is also a Blink quick charge station at San Diego State. Blink charge rates apply.

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Ernie Hernandez (LEAFguy) June 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

UPDATE – In checking with some of the local Nissan dealerships, it looks like we may see two or three more DC quick charge stations spread throughout San Diego County. There is currently no timeline as to when these installations might happen.

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