Nissan has completed the first step of their aim to create a network of 400 DC Quick Chargers across Europe, by unveiling the first installations in France and the Netherlands.
The 400 chargers will be manufacturers and donated across Europe by Nissan for free. The direct current units will be able to charge up any CHAdeMO compliant electric vehicle, such as the Nissan LEAF, to around 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.
In the Netherlands, the charger forms the first part of a 40 unit network, which will mean the majority of Dutch motorists will be within 30km of a Quick Charger, anywhere in the country. The first Nissan unit is being installed on a commercial office estate, which is close to a strategic motorway junction in the central town of Amersfoort.
The first French Quick Charger has been installed at a Cora supermarket, in the town of Haguenau, which will be the first of the six charger network for the Alsace region – selected for its commitment to electric vehicles and strong government financial incentives to choose zero emission cars. In total France will install 40 Quick Chargers across the country, with details of other locations to be revealed in the coming months.
Quick Chargers remove the concern that many motorists have about driving range, as it can be quickly and easily extended with these chargers.
Nissan’s Quick Charger is a Direct Current design that conforms to the ChAdeMO charging standard. It has been designed and engineered by Nissan to be smaller and cheaper than existing units and is fully approved to assist widespread installation. This charger can be made compatible with Renault’s AC 43kW fast charging system, and both systems will be offered together for future network expansion.
Around 30 Nissan dealerships are already equipped with DC charging facilities in the UK, which are available for Nissan LEAF drivers to use freely. With over 2,500 charging points charging points in total now displayed on Fleetdrive’s Zap-Map, owning an electric car will become more and more practical for a larger portion of motorists.
If you are considering installing EV Charge points then fast or rapid chargers will give you up to 12 x the capacity for the same parking space – if you weight up your investment on a “charge event” basis then these points also give a better return AND add considerably to the atractiveness of EV’s in your area.