• Sign in
  • |
  • Sign up

Car News

Nissan Expands Network of EV Quick Chargers

RELATED READING
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Infiniti cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon

author photo by Nick Palermo
  • 100 new DC quick chargers at Leaf-certified dealers
  • Located in 21 U.S. metro areas
  • Provides 80-percent charge in 30 minutes

Nissan is expanding its network of quick chargers for the all-electric Leaf by adding new charging stations at 100 dealerships across the U.S. The new DC quick chargers, which can provide an 80-percent charge for the Leaf in just 30 minutes, will be installed this summer at Leaf-certified Nissan dealers on the East Coast.

These high-powered chargers are much faster than the equipment available to electric vehicle (EV) drivers for home use. Using a standard 110-volt household outlet, the Leaf requires about 21 hours to charge completely. That time drops to seven hours with a 220-volt charger, or four hours with an available 6.6-kW on-board charger.

Not every Nissan Leaf is equipped with the quick-charge port required to use the DC charging station. It's an option for the base Leaf S and mid-grade SV models, but comes standard on the top-trim SL model.

Some dealers in West Coast cities that were part of a pilot quick-charger program already have the equipment. These include 24 dealers in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Seattle. East Coast dealers will get the first of the 100 new chargers this summer. By April 2014, Nissan expects 21 more markets to have DC quick chargers available to Leaf drivers.

EVs such as the Leaf are increasing in popularity, but zero-tailpipe-emission cars remain only a sliver of the overall new-car market. Part of the reason is anxiety about driving range. The Leaf is rated at 75 miles of range before its batteries need recharging. While that's adequate for most Americans' daily commute, it's considerably shy of the range of gas- or diesel-powered vehicles, which can go hundreds of miles before refueling. Moreover, fuel stations for conventionally powered vehicles are everywhere.

The network of DC quick chargers is growing quickly, though, especially in urban areas. Nissan's expansion of fast chargers will effectively extend the range of EVs, provided drivers stay in areas where chargers are located.

What it means to you: If you own a Leaf EV or are considering buying one, check to see if a DC quick charger is available in your area. It could come in handy if you need additional driving range in a hurry. If your area does not have a quick charger, ask your local Nissan dealer if it's among the 100 dealers that will soon have the equipment installed.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Close 
Nissan Expands Network of EV Quick Chargers