Nissan Installs Europe’s 1,000th CHAdeMO Quick Charger
Nissan announced an important milestone in building out the charging infrastructure in Europe: 1,000 30-minute (0-80% battery capacity) CHAdeMO chargers.
The 1,000th quick charger was installed at the Roadchef Clacket Lane Services in Surrey, UK and is available to use for free from Ecotricity network.
According to Nissan, the UK has 18% of Europe’s electric vehicle quick chargers, which must mean 180 quick chargers (but Nissan is posting a number of 195, probably including units that soon will be added).
“The new charger has been installed in collaboration with Ecotricity, a UK green energy specialist and pioneer in electric vehicle charging. The location south of London on the M25 motorway, one of the busiest in Europe, allows drivers west of London easy access to Kent and onwards into Europe.”
216 of the 1,000 are located at Nissan dealers.
Nissan is the main force in the CHAdeMO promotion around the world because it knows that CHAdeMO chargers leverage sales of the LEAF.
“The installation of the fastest type of chargers dramatically increases the uptake and usage of electric vehicles. In Norway, Europe’s biggest EV market, the number of electric vehicles using the E18 highway increased eight fold in an 18 month period after a CHAdeMO quick charger was installed on the route**.”
The latest charger added is part of 195 units in UK, which stand at main corridors across the country. In building the charging infrastructure, Nissan is partnered with inter alia IKEA, Moto, Roadchef, Welcome Break and Nissan dealers.
In 2013 alone, 124 fast chargers were installed in the UK.
Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan of Europe, Jean Pierre Diernaz, commented:
“This is a huge landmark for zero-emission mobility, allowing a range of EVs, including the Nissan LEAF and forthcoming Nissan e-NV200 electric van, to quickly extend their journeys. The UK charging network is expanding rapidly and through our partner Ecotricity, customers are able to “refuel” their car for free with wind and solar generated electricity.”
Nissan said that rate of installation of CHAdeMO quick chargers across Europe rose sharply in 2013. From just 16 in 2010 to 155 in 2011 to 540 in 2012 and finally 1,000 in January 2014. But it seems this is just the beginning because 1,800 is on the horizon now!
“The 1,000 mark in 2013 will be dwarfed by the end of 2014 with over 1,800 quick charger points expected. Together with Nissan, investment in this Euope-wide development of infrastructure comes from a multitude of partners in the energy field, including the Swiss multinational power company ABB, French quick charger manufacturers DBT, and the Portuguese EFACEC Corporation, leaders in the electromechanics field.”
EVs compatible with CHAdeMO chargers include:
- Nissan LEAF (Model Year 11 and 13)
- Nissan e-NV200 (comming 2014)
- Citroen C-Zero
- Mitsubishi i-MiEV
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- Peugeot iON