Nissan plans to increase sales of its Leaf electric vehicle by installing more than 100 public DC quick chargers at some its dealers in the US.
The quick chargers, based on the CHAdeMO standard, are able to charge Leaf vehicles to around 80% in around 30 minutes, according to Nissan. Automakers have not seen the expected demand for EVs as customers are still reluctant to embrace vehicles such as plug-in hybrids and electric, due to their driving range, pricing and inadequate charging infrastructure.
This year so far Leaf sales increased 213% to 9,839 units, but volumes are still under the automaker’s expectations. Nissan has also cut the price for the Leaf several months ago, part of its plan to boost sales.
“Nissan is undertaking a proactive, multi-pronged approach to expand charging infrastructure to enhance awareness of electric cars like the LEAF and instill range confidence in potential customers,” said Brendan Jones, director of electric vehicle infrastructure strategy for Nissan. “We know that available charging infrastructure opens the doors for more Nissan Leaf sales.”
Nissan has recently started a 24-dealer pilot program at its dealerships in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Sacramento, to see ho often the chargers are used and what impact have the charging stations on the dealerships’ operations. The company said that since the pilot was launched, around 5,600 charging sessions have taken place.