Nissan and Omexom to double German rapid charge network
Working with Omexom substations, based in Berlin, the carmaker is targeting a network of 100 electric vehicle chargers nationwide as a result of the collaborative project, with locations including dealers, fleet customers and real estate belonging to other partners.
The stations, which feature a CHAdeMo rapid charging connection, can recharge the LEAF to 80% capacity within half an hour and are also compatible with the Nissan e-NV200 electric van. AC charging via a Type 2 connection, and the new DC CCS cable can also be added, broadening the units’ usability to most of the electric vehicle market.
Omexom will project manage the network roll-out, including consulting and maintenance.
Joachim Kopf, Nissan’s electric vehicle manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said: ‘With the expansion of the Quick-Charger-network, we address one of the biggest customer concerns in electric vehicles, the range.
‘We are convinced that DC fast charging stations should be available for all electric vehicles. Therefore, our Quick-Charger can also be ordered with CCS and 43 kW AC connections. And, despite this, our fast-charging standard CHAdeMO is currently the best-selling in the country.’
Nissan is forming partnerships across Europe to roll out rapid charging stations for electric vehicles, including Ecotricity's Electric Highway located along key routes and in town centres throughout the UK.