Nissan is an automaker that has received a lot of criticism for the Leaf electric vehicle, yet there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s actually a well thought out car with not enough infrastructure to support it. But the automaker isn’t laying down its arms and has pledged a thousands of quick charging station scattered across Europe by the end of next year, which should make longer journeys more feasible.
Thus, Nissan has signed agreements with Circutor, DBT, Efacec, Endesa and Siemens, and as a result it’s expected that the price of a quick charger station will be halved from the current €10,000 ($13,700 at the current exchange rate), which could help businesses such as service stations, car park operators and retail outlets to install quick chargers and run them profitably as a commercial enterprise.
Nissan hopes this will translate to thousands of such QCs across Europe by the end of 2012, and tens of thousands by 2015. This infrastructure will open up Nissan LEAF ownership to a whole new spectrum of buyers who occasionally need to do longer journeys.
"We are confident that the Nissan LEAF's range will be enough to satisfy most drivers' daily needs. However, with a significant number of QCs available across Europe, EV owners who need to drive longer distances will be able to do so with confidence, knowing they will be able to recharge no matter where they go, which we believe is essential for the mass adoption of EVs,"
says Toshiyuki Shiga Nissan COO.