Nissan launches new quick charger that „fills” the LEAF in under 30 minutes image

Nissan North America today announced that it is bringing a new low-cost DC quick charger for electric cars to the U.S. market. Developed together with Sumitomo Corporation, the new charger will be installed in various locations around the country at the beginning of 2012.

The highlight of the new charger is the fact that it can charge the battery of the Nissan LEAF from a fully depleted status to 80 percent charged in under 30 minutes. The new charges operates on a 480v current and is nearly half the size of the current quick chargers.

“This charger is the first of its kind, and it’s truly revolutionary,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Nissan North America. “A low-cost DC quick charger unlocks the potential for unprecedented electric vehicle use and adoption. We anticipate thousands of these chargers will be installed across the country, enabling electric cars like the Nissan LEAF to be driven for even greater distances and durations.”

The new charger will have a starting price of $9,900, which is about a third of the cost of models available on the market today. The charger will come in two different models: a version for indoor use, designed for fleets and rental cars, and an outdoor model, specifically designed for public and commercial charging uses, such as public spaces, corporate campuses and retail centers.

The new DC quick charger can support all plug-in vehicles capable of quick charging on the CHAdeMO standard. Nissan and Sumitomo also announced that AeroVironment will be their wholesale and retail distributor, as well as the preferred provider for installation services in the United States.