Nissan Adding Leaf Fast Chargers to 100 US Dealerships
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The units are designed to charge a Leaf EV to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes. Nissan's director of EV infrastructure, Vrendan Jones, says the company is doing this in order to "instill range confidence in potential customers. We know that available charging infrastructure opens the doors for more Nissan LEAF sales."
The car company recently finished a 24-dealer pilot program in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Seattle. The program was successful and saw 5,600 charging sessions taking place. Over the period of June 21-July 1, the number of charging sessions increased about 12.5 percent compared to the previous two-week period.
"We are located at the intersection of two of the country's busiest freeways, so having a quick charger available for the thousands of commuters who drive by us every day is a boon for business," said Richard Luengo, general manager, Nissan of Downtown Los Angeles, which is averaging about 10 charging sessions per day at its quick charger. "There is a steady stream of folks using the charger, and we've generated significant good will in the LEAF community. Over the past four months, our dealership has seen a marked improvement in sales, and some of that is clearly attributable to the new quick charger."
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