Nissan has kicked it into high gear in their efforts to make electric vehicle quick charging stations more widely accessible. The automaker has promised a total of 1,700 CHAdeMO DC quick charging stations by April of next year, up from the 800 or so currently up and running.
Today, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco are the leading markets for the Nissan LEAF, thanks to the wide availability of quick-charging ports in the area. In an effort to better support those markets and encourage the expansion of quick charging stations nationwide, Nissan plans to step up its investment in the technology over the next year.
As of the beginning of 2015, Nissan has helped install over 800 DC quick chargers, and has plans to increase that number by 300 to 1,100 by April of this year. In the following 12 months (between April 2015 and April 2016), Nissan says it will help to invest in at least 600 more chargers, bringing the total to 1,700 or more.
“Access to quick chargers that can provide about 80 percent charge to a Nissan LEAF battery in less than 30 minutes has proved to increase our owner satisfaction and get more buyers to consider the benefits of an all-electric car,” said Brendan Jones, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure Deployment. “Nissan continues to invest heavily with our charging partners to ensure that LEAF owners have easy access to convenient public charging as they seek to maximize the benefits of their cars.”
According to transporteveloved.com, locations for the new chargers are not yet known, but we’d expect that many will find their way to high-demand areas, and we hope to see others expand into less saturated markets.
Here at Nissan of Clinton, we are hopeful that wide access to EV charging stations will help encourage new car buyers to consider the LEAF for themselves. Stop by to learn more!