Nissan wants to speed up EV charging infrastructure for LEAF owners

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 22, 2011

Nissan has partnered with top utility and electrical vehicle supply equipment companies in Europe to hasten the development of more affordable, smaller, quick chargers for electric vehicle batteries. This alliance is also expected to speed up the installation of publicly-available Quick Charge (QC) points throughout Europe.

This deal entered by Nissan, Circutor, DBT, Efacec, Endesa and Siemens is believed to result to the significant reduction in these units’ prices by more than half to under €10,000.

This makes it easier for firms like service stations, car park operators and retail outlets to install quick chargers and profit from them as a commercial enterprise. Drivers of the Nissan LEAF and other quick charge enabled vehicles will then be able to drive their car in longer distances.

The car’s battery could also be recharged to 80% capacity in less than half an hour. Because of this, there may already be thousands of QCs across Europe by the end of 2012, and tens of thousands by 2015.

When the infrastructure is established, the Nissan Leaf would appeal to a new group of drivers who may sometimes have to go on longer trips. A quick charge takes around the same time as refueling a conventional car. The difference is that the Nissan Leaf owner may leave the car while it’s recharging.

The charging process is hastened with the use of a Cha de Mo DC quick charger, which delivers 50 kW of high voltage direct current (DC) electricity straight to the battery. As tested over the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the Nissan LEAF is claimed to have a range between charges of up to 175 km (109 miles).

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