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Building charging infrastructure

Providing Infrastructure to Support Zero-Emission Vehicles

Quick chargers, which can charge batteries from a minimum charge up to 80% capacity in around 30-40 minutes, are a key part of the infrastructure needed for the widespread adoption of EVs. Nissan launched its quick chargers in 2011, and in the following year, the company improved them to make chargers quieter and the connector easier to use, as well as enabling on-the-spot payment. Nissan produced them until November 2015, providing global hardware support for charging infrastructure.

Nissan is encouraging local governments, public and commercial facilities and others in Japan to install quick chargers. It is also continuing to increase the number of Japanese Nissan dealerships with quick chargers, which stood at 1,800 as of March 2017.

In May 2014, Nissan jointly established a new company, Nippon Charge Service (NCS), with other Japanese automotive manufacturers to promote installation of chargers for electric-powered vehicles (including EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles). Under NCS management, the companies aim to provide a convenient charging network service letting drivers charge their vehicles anywhere with a single card.

Nissan has also started working with companies that support the spread of EVs by installing EV chargers at their workplaces to make it easier for employees to commute using the Nissan LEAF.

The company offers the “Nissan Zero-Emission Support Program 2” to make it more convenient for customers across Japan to operate their EVs. A set monthly membership fee gives them unlimited access to almost all quick-charging points in Japan. This contributes to lowering running costs by reducing the cost of charging EVs at home.

In the United States, Nissan runs the “No Charge to Charge” program, which provides free access to selected charging stations for two years with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF. As of March 2017, the program is running in 51 cities where Nissan LEAF sales are high, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, and the company plans to expand to more cities in the future. It is also collaborating with other manufacturer to encourage the spread of EVs and PHEVs by boosting the number of quick-charging stations that can be used by vehicles from both companies. As of January 2017, a total of 174 stations had been built in 33 states, and there are plans to complete another 50 during the 2017 calendar year.

In Europe, too, Nissan is working with companies in the energy industry and others to install quick chargers compliant with the CHAdeMO protocol.

As of the end of July 2017 there are more than 16,000 CHAdeMO compliant quick chargers worldwide.

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