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Nissan EV quick charger to hit the market

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May 26, 2010

The Nissan LEAF electric car

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In preparation for the December release of its much-anticipated all-electric LEAF automobile, Nissan announced this week that it will be selling in-house-designed EV quick chargers. The company plans to install 2,200 standard non-quick chargers in Nissan dealerships throughout Japan, with 200 dealerships offering the new 49-kilowatt/200-volt quick-charging units for sale. The idea is that ultimately, there will always be a charger within 40 kilometers of any one point on the road.

The quick chargers will meet the CHAdeMO protocol, meaning that they will work not only with the LEAF, but with all EVs that follow CHAdeMO charging standards. Besides the standard model, there will also be a hot-climate version that has a cooling system, and a cold-climate version that has a heater and cold-safe power cable.

Nissan's new quick charger for EVs

While Nissan claims the price of the chargers will be “competitive”, you might want to start saving your spare change now - the regular model will cost around US$16,362 (by today’s exchange rates), the cold-climate version will be about $17,160, while the hot-climate version will go for $19,283.

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6 Comments

How many phase is the system?

Does the price include bringing in a new service, master breaker, panel, trenching, conduit and inspection fees from your utility company?

carmandlisa
26th May, 2010 @ 08:38 pm PDT

Does Nissan still call the LEAF a 5-seater while it's missing the middle rear headrest?

Rune Winsevik
26th May, 2010 @ 11:37 pm PDT

The price of this thing is equivalent to 7,012 gallons of gas at $2.89/gallon (which it is currently 15 cents below in my neighborhood)

Average driver drives 10,000 miles/year.

Average *NEW* car gas mileage 28mpg.

This means they use 358 gallons of gasoline per year.

The cost of this device is equal to 19.5 years of driving a gasoline powered car.

I didn't add in the increase in gasoline price because I also didn't add in the cost of the electricity for charging your car. I'm pretty sure that they would cancel each other out...especially when the grid becomes taxed by the government because they found out that they aren't getting their gasoline tax for road repair and maintenance!

HaHa! So buying one of these things is nothing more than a tax on the gullible or those who can't do math!

Ed
27th May, 2010 @ 03:42 pm PDT

@Ed

Quick charging units are NOT meant for consumer use. They are industrial 28 minute chargers for installation at dealerships, gas stations and other public places ( ie parking lots).

Household chargers ( 8 hour) will cost 2,000 USD with tax credits up to 2000.

link : http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/faq/list/charging#/leaf-electric-car/faq/view/111

So before attacking the gullible or those with mathematical difficulties get off your oil train and learn to research!

Ceddy F
28th May, 2010 @ 07:52 am PDT

Reading this article goes like this: "Hey, this is great! A charger for home and *see price of unit*... it only costs more than the car it's charging. Bummer." Who in the f**k would buy one of these for the "home"?

lugnut
28th May, 2010 @ 07:54 am PDT

The chargers seem expensive at this time but perhaps the price will come down. A standard DC welder at this energy level costs only about $200 but additional expense would be for the battery sensor system. I am sure that electrical engineers in the US could come up with a decent charger for a much more reasonable price.

Once electric cars are sold in quantity, the need for chargers will warrent attention.

I am also sure that both PV and wind generators can be designed to produce charging power. Charging stations should be established with renewable energy sources close at hand integrally linked to the station.

Adrian Akau
13th December, 2010 @ 02:39 pm PST
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