Northern California Will Get More CHAdeMO Chargers Along Specific Inter-City Routes

MAR 21 2015 BY MARK KANE 14

2015 Nissan LEAF

2015 Nissan LEAF

Nissan and Japan-based trading company, Kanematsu Corporation, announced that together with Japan’s largest public R&D management organization New Energy Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO), will work on a new EV project in Northern California.

The project is focused on longer-distance driving, which means DC CHAdeMO fast chargers. An undisclosed number of chargers will be installed along inter-city freeways.

“The NEDO project will seek to encourage the use of electric vehicles for longer-distance, inter-city driving by installing and maintaining multiple rapid chargers along specific inter-city routes. Nissan and Kanematsu will collect, analyze, and research data on EV driving patterns in California, and create a suitable model to help promote more extensive use of electric vehicles in the state and beyond.

Project Overview
With the help of the California state government, Nissan and Kanematsu plan to place additional quick chargers at suitable locations along inter-city freeways in Northern California, and use project-specific information services to guide EV users to the most efficient quick chargers along the route. They will then assess whether the combined hardware/software model can successfully encourage users to drive longer distances in their EVs.

Nissan’s role in the project will be to install and operate the quick chargers, and analyze any changes in EV usage as a result.

Kanematsu will provide real-time information services to EV users. Kanematsu will also investigate potential business applications for real-time data and Big Data relating to EVs and EV charging systems.”

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This is something like the 4d or 5th project mentioned in InsideEVs in the last month to install public charging infrastructure in California… Good news, but I hope there’s some level of coordination going on…

As for “Nissan’s role in the project will be to install and operate the quick chargers, and analyze any changes in EV usage as a result”, the research aspect sounds a bit puzzling… the entire landscape is changing so quickly, that I really doubt they’ll be able to isolate the effects of these additional chargers from the effect of other factors.

“Nissan’s role in the project will be to install and operate the quick chargers, and analyze any changes in EV usage as a result.

Kanematsu will provide real-time information services to EV users. Kanematsu will also investigate potential business applications for real-time data and Big Data relating to EVs and EV charging systems.”

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Sounds like they are spending too much time studying it. How much does it need to be “studied”. Just copy Tesla’s SC network but make it more suitable to a 200 mile EV.

They likely are receiving some government grant or tax incentive to “study”.

Greenlots in Virginia has got these people beat. Over the last two weeks the number of Chamo DC chargers in Virginia is reproducing like jack rabbits. The number of DC quick chargers has changed so fast that Virginia now has more DC fast chargers then Maryland and New Jersey along with Pennsylvania and West Virginia combined. Another wild thing about these new chargers is very few of them are in a city most of them are along Interstates 95 and Interstates 64.

What I like about this new quick charger system is how fast it popped up and how it doesn’t need dump loads of money from the state government to built it. The chargers came in to being on their own.

If it’s anything like the GreenLots chargers by Brightfield here in NC that popped up this month, they are charging $12/hr to charge.

Chris,

The $12.00 seems expensive but there is no doubt in my mind people will pay it when you consider the alternative. Just like people pay to drive on those toll roads around Raleigh rather than take other roads which are free but will take you longer because of heavy traffic. With what is currently on plugshare I can make it out to western NC using CHAdeMO for all but one charge. Hoping the CHAdeMO kit for my Zero SR comes in soon.

Have fun hanging out at the Nissan Dealer’s facility… 😉

I have an undisclosed number of charging stations at my house, too!

Just bring your own extension cords!

Honestly – is the idea of “An undisclosed number of chargers will be installed along inter-city freeways.” of value? 2 could be the number, or 20! or 10, or 100? Without the number of chargers – is this not just the lowest form of ‘Buzz’ article?

Compare – Tesla – Superchargers goals, the Supercharger will be accessible by:
“2014 – 80% of the US Population and parts of Canada!
2015 – 98% of the US Population and parts of Canada!”

As taken from the (screen grabs) of Tesla’s Supercharger page (past style page)

And even better – they show what is there now, what’s coming soon, and their year end goals as well! –
http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger

http://www.chademo.com/ states:
“The number of CHAdeMO DC Quick chargers installed up to today is 5467.
— (Japan 2819 Europe 1659 USA 934 Others 55) last update 2015.03.06”
They use PlugShare to display their North American (USA & Canada) locations.

It is interesting that several overlapping DCQC charger deployments have been announced. the most recent being BMW/VW/Chargepoint. At least here in Maryland, this is overlapping with NRG eVgo and the recently announced Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (http://energy.maryland.gov/Transportation/evip.html)

Sites are going fast, you better snap ’em up while they last….

@Leptoquark do you know when the charging stations will be complete in Maryland? That’s impressive, the family might drive out to Washington DC this summer and bring the 60 Model S if there are that many DC stations out there.

http://energy.maryland.gov/Transportation/documents/EVIPWebsiteResults2.pdf

Greenlots got the state of Maryland and NRG beat last week they started construction on a vast DC electrification of Interstate 64 from Stanton Virginia all the way to the ocean front in Virginia 220 miles away. They are also started a massive electrification project along interstate 95.

They should make them dual-standard; Chademo & CCS

This. End the standards war.

Really? Chademo only? Lame…