Nissan to donate 400 quick chargers to speed up developments for QC network

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 10, 2011

To hasten plans for a Quick Charge (QC) network across Europe for electric automobiles, Nissan is giving away 400 new quick charging stations for free. These new points will enhance the current networks and provide the EV clients with greater flexibility and freedom by effectively extending the range of their vehicle.

European countries have been asked to pitch for a charging network, and the best offers will bag an allocation of chargers. In the United Kingdom, the company has placed a bid for 65 chargers that will be strategically installed at selected service stations along the motorway network, producing a pathway on major routes in the country.

Contact with the three largest motorway service station chains having a total of 100 stations across the UK has already been made. Additionally, the Quick Chargers would be placed in some city centers and other key areas like airports.

Currently, the company has a network of 32 EV dealers, including the 26 which have a Quick Charger installed already. The six dealers will be the first in the UK to install the latest smaller units.

By the end of next year, it is expected that the total number of dealers with QC will be 150. By recharging batteries in a fraction of the time, this move could attract more customers to electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF. The vehicle's advanced lithium ion batteries are rechargeable from 0 to 80% capacity in only 30 minutes with a quick charger.

Even if a range between charges of up to 110 miles is already enough for most owners of the LEAF, the locations of the Quick Charger stations will enable motorists to travel longer distances in a day. With a quick charger, recharging a Nissan LEAF will take a little longer than it takes to refuel a conventional vehicle. It is also significantly cheaper.

Topics: nissan, electric car

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