Quick Charger installation to begin on East Coast
Back in May we wrote about Nissan’s plan to install 500 DC quick charge stations around the country in the next 18 months (found here). At the time, Nissan was reluctant to provide any additional details. Now they have regarding at least a portion of these installations.
Nissan will install 100 DC quick chargers at LEAF certified dealers starting this summer on the East Coast. This follows a pilot installation of 24 quick chargers at dealerships in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Seattle. Nissan discovered that each station averaged about 4.5 charge sessions per day, with usage increasing over time as information about the new charging locations becomes available. This is one of the reasons that we suggest using plugshare.com as your charge station data choice. It is updated by individuals that use these stations and often they will comment on installations that are completed but not yet activated. In this case you will get early notification of a new charge station installation. You can also become a contributor to the database and if you find a station that is not yet represented, you can add it yourself.
“We are located at the intersection of two of the country’s busiest freeways, so having a quick charger available for the thousands of commuters who drive by us every day is a boon for business,” said Richard Luengo, general manager, Nissan of Downtown Los Angeles, which is averaging about 10 charging sessions per day at its quick charger. “There is a steady stream of folks using the charger, and we’ve generated significant good will in the LEAF community. Over the past four months, our dealership has seen a marked improvement in sales, and some of that is clearly attributable to the new quick charger.”
These stations will be supplemented by others in workplaces and neighborhoods, according to Nissan (found here). With installations starting soon in 21 markets nationwide, Nissan expects to complete these 100 installations by April 1, 2014.