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"No electric vehicle charging company left behind." That seems to be the mantra over at Nissan with the announcement that it has partnered with AeroVironment and the District of Columbia to install infrastructure to accommodate the hundreds of electric vehicles it envisions will be put to use by both the government and the public over the next few years. No stranger to electric cars, AeroVironment played a large role in the creation of both GM's solar-powered Sunraycer and Impact pre-EV1 prototype, and it currently supplies charging infrastructure components for many industrial customers. For its part, Nissan already has agreements in place with the likes of Ecotality, Better Place, Coulomb Technologies and Electromotive for other locales both in the States and abroad.

Aligned with the Green DC initiative, Nissan's forthcoming EVs and AeroVironment's chargers will be incorporated into the District's Fleet Share program, which already includes transportation services encompassing Metro, Bus, carsharing, bikesharing, bike stations and racks. Of the alignment, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty had this to say:
"The District welcomes the partnership with Nissan and AeroVironment. The Obama Administration and the District are leading the nation in progressive transportation programs and this innovative partnership servers as another example of the District's dedication to reducing C02 emissions and improving the environment."
Hit the jump for an official press release.

[Source: AeroVironment]

PRESS RELEASE:

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty Announces Partnership with Nissan North America and AeroVironment

Hundreds of Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Anticipated to Come to the Region for Governmental and Public Use

Washington, D.C. – Mayor Fenty along with District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein, other District officials, and senior representatives from leading automotive company, Nissan North America, and AeroVironment, an industry expert in battery and charging systems, announced today a partnership that could bring hundreds of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and charging stations to the District.

"The District welcomes the partnership with Nissan and AeroVironment, said Mayor Fenty. "The Obama Administration and the District are leading the nation in progressive transportation programs and this innovative partnership servers as another example of the District's dedication to reducing C02 emissions and improving the environment."

The Electric Vehicle fleet program is another innovative solution to the District's committment to creating cost saving and energy efficient transportation solutions. This initiative is aligned with the Mayor's Green DC initiative. In addition, the new Nissan Electric Vehicles will be incorporated into the District's Fleet Share program.

DDOT is expanding on multi-modal alternatives for the government and public with various configurations of choice transportation enhancement options including: Metro, Bus, carsharing, bikesharing, bike stations and racks, and now, electric charging stations.

"Many cities are talking about electrification of garages and municipal lots for their city fleets, and this is an important part of our strategy as well," said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. "The DC difference is that we want to make a stronger statement, for consumers and businesses to realize that this is real, they can make the change from gas to electric, and will not have to worry about where to charge their car."

Nissan North America is committed to partnering with the District to improve the environment and reduce Co2 emissions. The Nissan Electric Vehicles (EV) will be integrated into the DC Fleet Share Program. The vehicles will be pure electric, not a single drop of gas required, no tailpipe emissions. They will be equipped with advanced lithium-ion batteries that can go 100 miles on a single charge.

"Nissan through the Renault-Nissan Alliance has committed to being a global leader in zero-emission vehicles," said Dominique Thormann, senior vice president, administration and finance, Nissan North America. "Nissan and the District of Columbia share in the belief that electric vehicles offer one of the best solutions to reducing CO2 emissions."

AeroVironment is dedicated to being a leader in efficient energy technologies and clean transportation and working with the District. "We are pleased that the leadership of the District of Columbia has selected AeroVironment as its electric vehicle charging infrastructure partner," said AV senior vice president Mike Bissonette, general manager of its Efficient Energy Systems business segment. "Our extensive experience developing and deploying electric vehicle technologies enables us to support the vision of Mayor Fenty with practical, proven EV solutions. We are eager to provide the people of Washington, D.C. with a safe, reliable and effective electric vehicle charging network that will keep them moving into a clean, energy independent future." The District is also in discussions with local businesses that can assist in expanding electrification efforts throughout the city.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Electric car charging stations do not need to look like gas station fuel pumps.
      I like the charging poles in London much better, they are small and unobtrusive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I posted before reading your post. I agree, I'd like to see solar sidewalks with sockets alongside, the car would identify itself without the need for cards. One can dream right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed. my apartment complex has one, tiny little bugger, and it's solar powered to boot. It’s about the size of a concrete mailbox.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The big chargers are for fast charging. That big one can charge an EV in about 10 minutes if the car is equipped with state of the art technology. The little posts will take many hours to charge. Slow charging is fine for use at home or work (something one can't even do with a gasoline car), fast charging is great for long road trips.
      I wonder if the Nissan cars will accept fast charging?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can see potential openings for several hour "slow" charging, 1 hour "fast" charging, and even 10 minute "quick" charging.

        Several hour slow charging would be fine at motels and business employee lots, where the drivers are likely to leave a car parked and plugged in for several hours.

        1 hour charging would be fine for travellers at roadside diners and rest stops, drivers could stop for lunch and take a break while the car charged.

        10 minute charging would be a premium service for travellers in a hurry, when 1 hour is too long.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When it comes to EV charging stations, the video that AutoblogGreen posted on the Citroën Ev'ie earlier today caught my eye. Take another look starting at about 4:14 of the clip:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHMMlURBh14

      You will see how the "Juice Point" chargers in London work. I think that we could learn a thing or two here from the Europeans.

      In essence, they seem to expect the EV to supply the cable, and whatever receptacle is used on the car is irrelevant. The OTHER end of the cable simply sports a "standard" plug. Period. And the charging stations only fire up the juice when the safety door is closed (note the LED light colors when open and shut).

      This makes a lot more sense to me. WHY invent --and try to enforce-- a new EV plug, when we already HAVE standards for both 110V and 220V outlets throughout the country?

      And even without a "safety door" on the charging station, if Europeans have learned to handle 220V plugs without touching the prongs, why can't Americans? I would be curious to know how many folks in this country are missing fingers from plugging in their clothes dryers...?

      My basic point is: let's take advantage the charging infrastructure we already have, if nothing else than for the sake of simplicity to facilitate the transition to EVs. Yes, truly high-powered, "fast-charge" stations will mandate a new standard for 440V+, the kind of thing that Coulomb and/or AeroVironment and/or Clipper Creek will need to design, build, and distribute, but it strikes me that the Europeans are on the right track here when it comes to the "normal" voltages we already use in our homes and offices.

      My $0.02 worth anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't companies take advantage of the technology and work on unobtrusive charging stations? like for instance sockets on sidewalks! What is the purpose of large pillars? we could have both cleaner air and cleaner surroundings. I can understand their desire to advertise their brand, but couldn't they thing outside the box and do so digitally? like in the vehicle's information console (when charging)? If we are going to invest in new infrastructure, I think we could do it in the most efficient, responsible way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "think" .. sorry for the typos.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Solar parking lots are great as they shade.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This actually looks really cool even though it looks like a gas station. These charging stations...how does one "pay" for the charging. I mean I love the concept of charging at home. I mean you just pay your electric bill. That in itself saves tons of energy, but what about when ya can't charge up at your home?

      I saw the EV'ie video that looked cool, but the guy didn't pay, did he?

      Do you drop money in like a parking meter? Swipe a credit card? How does this work?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You will pay with your MAC or account associated thereby (your car will identify itself). No need for you to swipe a card, deposit coins or anything like that (so 1990s).
        • 5 Years Ago
        For the street, a combination of credit card and coins most likely. I have seen parking where there is a centralized machine where you can pay with coins or credit card. It prints out a ticket which you display on the dashboard. Of course in this application you just pay for whatever spot your car is in so you can use the plug or cord at that spot. It'll just have an indicator indicating that you paid.