Sep 132011

New Nissan charger makes juicing electric cars quicker, easier for drivers.

Nissan Motor Co. has unveiled a new rapid charger for electric vehicles that is smaller, faster and easier to use for drivers who want to recharge their environment-friendly cars.

Just as importantly, the new charger is compatible with all of Nissan’s electric vehicles — such as the Leaf — as well as those produced by other car manufacturers like Honda and Toyota.

A number of companies have developed their own EV charging facilities, including Park & Charge in Europe and Better Place in parts of America. PARVE is under development in Spain, while JFE Engineerign Corp. is developing a rapid charging system that it claims will be able to take an empty battery to 50 percent full in just three minutes.

Nissan’s new device was unveiled at the company’s global headquarters in Yokohama and will go on sale for installation at the company’s parts companies throughout Japan in November.

The charger will be made available in the North American and European markets in the near future, Japan’s second-largest car manufacturer said, although no decision has been made on exact dates for those releases.

“The newly developed quick charging unit retains the high performance of the current quick charger manufactured by Nissan … but is nearly half the size by volume,” the company said in a statement. “The new charger unit’s smaller size will take up less space and enable easier installation.”

The previous unit had a suggested retail price of Y1.47 million (€14,076), including tax, the company said, but the updated system will cost “significantly less than Y1 million (€9,576),” Nissan added. The basic unit will cost less than half the price of the present charger.

The company said it plans to sell 5,000 of the new quick chargers by March 2016 and contribute to the development of electric vehicle infrastructure in Japan.

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Sep 122011

Nissan unveils quick charger for electric cars

Nissan Motor Co., a leader in the electric car business, revealed a new quick battery charger that is around half the size and half the cost of conventional chargers, and easier to install.

Nissan plans to start selling them in Japan in November. “Preparations are also under way for future sales of the new quick charger in the U.S.and in European markets,” Nissan said in a statement.

The Japanese automaker plans to install the new charging units at dealerships, local government facilities and places that draw large numbers of customers “as part of its efforts to assure customers of a comfortable and convenient electric vehicle driving experience.”

The base model of the revamped charger will cost about half the price of the current model, which is stockier and has more parts, and costs 1.47 million yen, or$19,000.

Nissan has sold more than 13,600 Leaf cars around the world since introducing the all-electric car in December 2010.

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