Nissan Motor Co. is adding more than 100 quick chargers in 21 key markets across the U.S., the company announced on Monday. The CHAdeMO standard units can recharge a Nissan LEAF to 80 percent of capacity in about 30 minutes, according to a release.
"We know that available charging infrastructure opens the doors for more Nissan LEAF sales," Brendan Jones, director of electric vehicle infrastructure strategy at Nissan, said in a statement.
The initiative follows a 24-dealer pilot program in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Seattle.
"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," said Richard Luengo, general manager, Nissan of Downtown Los Angeles.
The dealership averages about 10 charging sessions a day at its quick charger.
"There is a steady stream of folks using the charger, and we've generated significant goodwill in the LEAF community," Mr. Luengo added. "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."
About 5,600 charging sessions have been logged since the pilot began, with each location averaging about 4.5 sessions per day, according to the release. That figure has risen steadily as awareness has increased. From June 21-July 1, the number of charging sessions increased about 12.5 percent compared to the previous two-week period.
Installation of new chargers will begin in East Coast markets this summer. Nissan expects to have quick chargers up and running in another 100 dealerships by the beginning of next April.
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