Nissan EV quick charger to hit the market
By Ben Coxworth
May 26, 2010
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.
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.