Nissan Introduces Low-cost EV Quick Charger

To provide a low-cost, high-quality charging solution for faster EV “refills,” Nissan and Sumitomo are collaborating to launch a new EV quick charger for the U.S. market. According to Nissan Arlington, not only will the innovative quick charger cost about one third the price of traditional units, but it also will be able to support all plug-in vehicles capable of quick charging on the increasingly-used CHAdeMO standard—including the Nissan LEAF. The only 100 percent electric car designed for the mass market, the LEAF can be refilled from a fully depleted state to an 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes using this new charger.

According to Nissan Dealership Tacoma, the Nissan/Sumitomo charging system was designed primarily for fleet and commercial applications—including public charging points, rental fleets, corporate and educational campuses, and even shopping malls—and it will be available in two different configurations: One specifically for outdoor use, one for indoor locations.

Milford Nissan provided other fast facts about the quick charger:

  • Online ordering begins in January 2012.
  • The starting price for the unit is $9,995.
  • The charger runs on a 480-volt current.
  • AeroVironment, already Nissan’s home-charging partners, will handle both wholesale and retail distribution, and will also be the preferred provider for U.S. installation services.

“This charger is the first of its kind, and it’s truly revolutionary,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America. “A low-cost DC quick charger unlocks the potential for unprecedented electric vehicle use and adoption. We anticipate thousands of these chargers will be installed across the country, enabling electric cars like the Nissan LEAF to be driven for even greater distances and durations.”