Nissan: By April 2015, 1,100 CHAdeMO Fast Chargers Are Expected To Be Operational Nationwide


Nissan LEAF Getting Hooked Up To CHAdeMO

Nissan LEAF Getting Hooked Up To CHAdeMO

As the CCS camp continues to drag its feet in the U.S., CHAdeMO is cruising along.

Yesterday, Nissan sent us an update on the status (and future) of CHAdeMO fast chargers in the U.S.  Here are the highlights:

Timeline of (CHAdeMO) quick charging rollout:

– January 2013: Approximately 160 CHAdeMO chargers installed nationwide.

– January 2015: More than 800 total U.S. quick chargers installed and active.

– April 1, 2015: 1,100 quick chargers expected nationwide.

– April 1, 2016: 1,700 quick chargers projected.

CHAdeMO Association Figures For Fast Chargers Around the Globe

CHAdeMO Association Figures For Fast Chargers Around the Globe

And a quote from Brendan Jones, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure Deployment

“Access to quick chargers that can provide about 80 percent charge to a Nissan LEAF battery in less than 30 minutes has proved to increase our owner satisfaction and get more buyers to consider the benefits of an all-electric car. Nissan continues to invest heavily with our charging partners to ensure that LEAF owners have easy access to convenient public charging as they seek to maximize the benefits of their cars.”

Lastly, Nissan’s approach to charging is “multi-pronged:”

“Nissan has a multi-pronged strategy to invest with charging partners to install quick charging for owners in the communities where they live and work, as well as at corporate workplaces and Nissan dealerships.”

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22 Comments on "Nissan: By April 2015, 1,100 CHAdeMO Fast Chargers Are Expected To Be Operational Nationwide"

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So… any reasons to hope that the two ChaDeMo “Black Holes” in northern and central California will be closed by April 1?

The governor remains firmly committed to developing hydrogen infrastructure in California in support of zero emission vehicles.

So, nope.


I too live in the EV Wasteland of Central Virginia. The bulk of the EV chargers keep opening up in a 60 mile across section of Washington DC.

Strange to see them still using the older less reliable CHADeMO plug rather than the newer one.

Not really less reliable… Just overly complex… I too wondered why the charge gun design wasn’t in article… Sure is much slicker looking and simpler.

The new gun is sooooooo much better.

The real question is how many of those 1,100 stations will be functional?

No commitment was made by Nissan, or partners to install more stations. Read carefully, these are just “expected” and “projected” numbers.

From quote above:
– April 1, 2015: 1,100 quick chargers «expected» nationwide.
– April 1, 2016: 1,700 quick chargers «projected»

A much more meaningful message would have provided a market by market detail for the top-10 US metropolitan areas, with commitments and projections for each.

It would be incredible if we could see maps like Tesla uses for its Supercharger roll out, for CHAdeMO, and also for CCS, so we could make better informed decisions as to buying choices, and for timing, as well as to hold the proponents to their word!

With such a map, we could also see if there was a plan to cover specific gaps by some time frame, as questioned above, and others, as well.

CHAdeMO; Nissan, Mitsubishi, Kia: Are you hearing this?
CCS; BMW, Volkswagen, GM – are you hearing this?

Seems that would be something for the CHAdeMO group to address. Would be great to try to patch commute links for the optimum number of drivers where practical. The reliability and availability will get better as more are blanketed over areas as they are in Japan and increasingly the west coast.

I second this! A map with rough radii drawn would be wonderful.

I would also love to see a graph of the number of CHAdeMOs in the US over time. Here we have a handful of data points. Are more available?

I really wish plug share would color code the DC Fast chargers. Such as Tesla’s superchargers could be red. The CSS chargers could be blue or purple. While the Chamo chargers could be yellow. It would make tings easy in that you have to remove the Tesla Super chargers to keep form getting thrown off.

I suspect that Nissan does not want you to make your buying choices based on quick charger availability dates. They want you to buy regardless. The more vague statement that is issued is an attempt to lure all buyers, not just the ones in specific areas.

Have you tried downloading the PlugShare app for your iPhone? Don’t know if there is an Android version. Once you tell it to show CHAdeMO fast chargers, you go back to the map and zoom anywhere in the country to see where they are. There are also other apps that do about the same thing.


I am thrilled by this news. I use the LEAF quick charge port as insurance on range stretches. Works like a champ. My 2013 battery got 5 stars from batt report after about 10000 miles with occasionally quick charging twice in a day… No issues yet at 16000 miles now… All capacity bars intact. Love my LEAF!

The fast charge standards war is the worst thing about EVs. 🙁


Imagine if early automobiles had a war over different pump and gasoline standards.

Nice to have more, but where will they be? Honestly, I don’t need a fast charger near where I live and work. Where I could really use one or two is out on the freeway on the way to the nearest large city. Central California has almost nothing and really needs these, but Nissan’s “multi-pronged strategy” sounds like the same old, same old.

I like to see these fast chargers coming out, but it seems to me like they’re located in odd ball places rather than putting them where they should be, near freeway exits.

I’ll still be waiting for the Model III no matter how good the 2nd Gen Leaf or the Bolt ends up being simply because Tesla’s supercharger network is well located, easy to find and easy to identify.

I support public chargers and public fast chargers, but their roll out outside of Oregon and Washington has been pathetic. And California completely dropped the ball on this in favor of hydrogen.

The thing about this roll out is that I have seen Nissan add two new DC fast charging stations to the DC charger network in Virginia over the last three months. Nissan is going to have to build ten new DC chargers every two to three days if they are going to reach this goal by April.

As for the DC fast chargers I hope that number is 2700 and not 1700 by next year in that would only mean they are going to add several hundred between this year and next year.

At this point though I think a lot of other companies are adding their own DC fast chargers out of Nissan. These new systems are growing far faster then Nissan’s system is growing.

Nissan can’t even inspire all of it’s dealers to participate. Less than half here in New England, and of those that do, some are restricted to customers, some are locked after hours, some block them with inventory, some are poorly maintained and/or break down. The Sumitomo design is poor, but the Eatons break down too, and there is never more than one per location. So the number of stations is less important than the number of usable, reliable stations.

There are very few non-dealer QCs here, but so far, they have been the better ones, open and reliable. To be fair, a few Nissan dealers do it right too.

A lot of the installs planned for 2015 will be dual plugs and along highways, so looking forward to that. At least the BMW/VW initiative promises 2 units at each site.

Nissan could easily have both CHAdeMO and CSS under that big hatch. Would give them an edge.

But multi unit sites and soon 100kW for next gen cars will be what we need.