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Nissan Predicts Thousands Of Orders For Cut-Price Fast Charger

The unit was developed with Sumitomo Corporation and will be wholesaled, retailed and installed by Nissan’s home charging partner AeroVironment, with the first installations expected in early 2012. Nissan said it will launch an online ordering system in January.

Two versions will be available – one for indoor use, and another designed for outdoor installations in public spaces. Both are based on the CHAdeMO quick-charge standard, and top up a Nissan LEAF to 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes. Prices begin at $9,900 (£6,208).

‘This charger is the first of its kind, and it's truly revolutionary,’ said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, 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.’

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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