2013 Nissan LEAF connected to CHAdeMO charger
In an effort to increase LEAF sales in US, Nissan decided to install more quick chargers at LEAF-certified dealerships (just like in Japan).
After a 24-dealer pilot program, in which Nissan installed quick chargers at dealerships in the markets of San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Seattle, the time comes for nationwide rollout with over 100 additional quick-charge points to be added by April 1, 2014.
Installation of the new chargers will begin in East Coast markets, starting this summer. Nissan's charging partner AeroVironment will supply the quick chargers and will provide installation services for nearly all of the new quick charging units.
Brendan Jones, director of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy, Nissan stated:
"Nissan is undertaking a proactive, multi-pronged approach to expand charging infrastructure to enhance awareness of electric cars like the LEAF and instill range confidence in potential customers. We know that available charging infrastructure opens the doors for more Nissan LEAF sales."
One of the first Nissan dealers to get a DC fast charger was Downtown Los Angeles and the unit seems to be very popular, averaging about 10 charging sessions per day. Richard Luengo, general manager at Nissan of Downtown Los Angeles, stated:
"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. 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."
Nissan adds that, since the pilot began, about 5,600 charging sessions have taken place, with each location averaging about 4.5 charging sessions per day and growing.