There’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition to spur a company to up its commitments to its customers, and in the world of plug-in cars nothing says commitment more than a promise of improved public charging provision.
Last Friday, we brought you the news that Volkswagen and BMW, along with charging station provider ChargePoint had announced a new commitment to CCS DC quick charging provision along both the east and west coasts of the U.S., promising 100 CCS-capable DC quick charging stations would be deployed by the end of this year. As well as providing the first CCS quick charging networks for customers, the three firms confirmed that charging stations located along major routes would even support CHAdeMO DC quick charging too, despite it being a rival standard from a rival automaker.
Now rival automaker Nissan has stepped up to the plate with a promised expansion to CHAdeMO DC quick-charging networks across the U.S., promising a total of 1,700 DC quick charging stations by April next year.
Nissan has actively supported rapid charging station installation around the world since its all-electric LEAF hatchback made its market debut in 2010. To date, it has helped install CHAdeMO DC quick charging stations at Nissan LEAF dealers in key market areas, and has even donated many quick charging stations to charging providers around the world. This has made it possible for those who occasionally need to travel longer distances than the LEAF’s official 84-mile EPA range to recharge their car from empty to 80 percent full in around 30 minutes where CHAdeMO charging stations are available.
As of the start of this year, Nissan has helped the installation of more than 800 DC quick chargers across the U.S., with the majority of charging station provision placed in areas with high LEAF sales figures like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington State, Oregon, Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas.
By April this year, it aims to have increased that by an additional 300 quick chargers, with 1,100 DC quick chargers installed nationwide, and by the start of April 2016, Nissan says it hopes to have helped invest in more than 1,700 quick chargers nationwide.
While the locations of these new charging stations are not yet known, it’s likely that we’ll see an expansion of existing charging networks with high-traffic, doubling up charging provision where demand is high as well as expanding electrified routes into lesser-known areas.
Like Friday’s announcement from BMW and VW, Nissan’s latest commitment to rapid charging means that it should be easier than ever before to own a limited-range electric car without resorting to gasoline for longer trips. And as any plug-in owner will tell you, the more charging, the easier it is to live with an electric car.
There seems to be only a few questions left: will your next car be a CHAdeMO-capable car like the LEAF, or a CCS-compatible car like the BMW i3? And which charging network will win?
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