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Nissan Gives Away 400 EV Quick Charge Stations In Europe

Nissan Gives Away 400 EV Quick Charge Stations In Europe

As exciting as electric car technology has become over the past few years, it’s potential will always be limited without a global network of reliable charging stations. To this end, Nissan recently announced that it will donate 400 new quick charging stations to electric vehicle (EV) charging operators in Europe.

While today’s drivers appreciate the idea of a fully-electric vehicle, the inconsistent placement of charging stations often encourages the fear that they could become stranded if traveling too far from home. Nissan hopes that providing this boost to the European-wide Quick Charge (QC) network will help convince more drivers that owning a fully-electric vehicle like the Nissan LEAF can be both safe and economical.

Recharging a Nissan LEAF with a quick charger takes a little longer than it takes to refuel a conventional car and is significantly cheaper. And by establishing a broad Quick Charger network, drivers will be able to travel longer distances in a day.

To decide where these coveted quick charging stations will be placed, Nissan began an application and selection process early last month. Winners will be awarded chargers according to how they fulfill a strict list of criteria developed by Nissan. These include convenient and accessible charger location, installation starting February 2012 and free or discounted charging for all Nissan LEAF customers for at least one year.

The new quick chargers are engineered to the CHAdeMo standard and can deliver up to 50 kW of high voltage direct current (DC) electricity, according to a statement. The CHAdeMO – Charge to Move – standard was developed and agreed by a coalition of Japanese companies including Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Fuji Heavy Industries. Nissan’s QCs, therefore, can be used not just by drivers of Nissan LEAF but also by drivers of EVs from Mitsubishi, Citroen and Peugeot.

The move follows an agreement between Nissan and five of Europe’s leading utility and EV infrastructure supply companies to speed up the provision of the latest quick chargers developed by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., which are cheaper – up to half the previous price – and smaller than before.

The target is to have a network of quick charge stations across Europe with several thousand units in place by the end of 2012 and tens of thousands by 2015.

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9:49AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Awesome! Too bad I dont live in Europe....but gotta start somewhere!!

4:16AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:44AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

MORE AND MORE OF THESE PLEASE...LETS STOP GIVING THE OIL BARON MONEY FOR POLUTING OUR PLANETE!!!

9:07AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Thanks

7:01AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

We need these QC centers in America too. If we ever hope to get off oil and gas, we need to do these things NOW.

5:23PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

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4:23AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

thanks

8:45PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Please do this in America too. :(

Please....

Pretty please...

I'll make cookies. :3

6:35PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Sounds good. Now we need more wind farms to power the EVs. Also need more people going for lower energy transport, such as public transport, cycling and walking.

1:56PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Electric cars would be great, but if you don't have any possibility to charge your battery at night or when your'e at work it doesn't work. So far they can't drive that far without getting recharged.

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