Nissan brings DC quick charger for EVs to the U.S. market, priced from $9,900

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 12, 2011

Nissan North America announces that it will bring to the United States a lower-priced quick-charger for electric cars early next year. The company has reduced by at least two-thirds the cost of a typical quick-charge system to below $10,000, which is much lower than the $30,000 to $45,000 price range of other quick-chargers on the market.

Nissan is confident that this will aid in the accelerated production of a public EV recharging network. The company and the global trading company Sumitomo Corp. stated that the latest system will sell in the U.S. for $9,900. The system will be manufactured in a Nissan factory in Japan.

Nissan's director of Leaf marketing and sales strategy, Brendan Jones, commented that the price is "a significantly lower capital investment" for retail stores, restaurants and other commercial establishments.

Some consumers are hesitant to opt for the electric-vehicle technology until a public network of fast recharging and convenient stations are available.

The company has been cooperating with retail and with restaurant chains to install public quick-chargers in parking lots. Jones said that he had been in talks with dozens of gas station groups in recent weeks.

He is interested in having the new quick-charge system, which are more powerful compared to the standard domestic charging unit that the company mandates customers to install prior to buying the all-electric Nissan Leaf.

The 240-volt home chargers are priced at around $1,200. However, it requires several hours to recharge an EV. On the other hand, the quick-chargers operate on a 480-volt current and can charge 80 percent to a depleted battery in 30 minutes.

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