Jan 16, 2012
Chris Salamone

Nissan Donates Quick Chargers To Atlanta

Right on the heels of Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s unveiled plan to stress eco-friendly products, the company has decided to quit wasting time and get right to the heart of the matter. One of the major hurtles in making electric vehicles mainstream comes from a lack of re-fueling infrastructure. Normal, petrol using, drivers can fill up as often their pocket books can afford – especially with gas stations looming on nearly every major intersection. But, in typical Nissan fashion, the electric vehicle program looks to move forward regardless of industry trends by setting new standards in electric vehicle charging station availability.

What started as a ‘Drive Electric Tour’, featuring city-to-city test drives of the company’s LEAF, has turned into an altogether different monster: a tour to prove electric vehicles a viable transportation solution. Nissan has donated two electric quick charge stations to the city of Atlanta, capable of an 80% recharge in less than 30 minutes.

To kick off the event, Nissan offered free LEAF test drives throughout the city of Atlanta whilst the city’s director of sustainability, Denise Quarles, proclaimed: “This day marks yet another milestone for electric vehicle readiness, and our great relationship with Nissan. We are thrilled at Nissan’s support and leadership and look forward to significant growth for EV technology in 2012.”

And Georgia, of all places, looks to be a contributing factor. The state already offers a $5,000 tax credit on the purchase of a Nissan LEAF, and now has the recharging infrastructure to support growth. But the question remains: who can afford to wait 30 minutes for an incomplete refueling process? Certainly a 30 minute recharge time wouldn’t be appropriate for the daily commute.

Luckily, chargers will be installed in the city’s community improvement districts, Midtown and Downtown, where many professionals currently work – making recharging a more convenient prospect.

Since November of 2011 Nissan has been taking orders for the company’s latest DC quick charge unit, capable of 480 volt sprints to 80% in 30 minutes. While not the smallest charging station available on the market, this particular uber-charger is smaller, cheaper, and easier to use than units with similar power output. That fact, in conjunction with the LEAF’s popularity among EV buyers, may position Nissan for yet another year of impressive sales – supported by the prophetic wisdom of James Earl Jones’ quote “if you build it, he will come.”

Source : Nissan

1 Comment

  • Its great that Nissan is donating charges but they defiantly need to work on making the fast charge a little less than 30 minutes.

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