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Nissan Motor Co. revealed what might just be the world's cheapest quick-charge station. Priced below $10,000 and set to go on sale in November, Nissan's newly-developed quick-charge unit takes up significantly less space than most competing Level 3 chargers and is supposedly easier to install, too.
Officially, Nissan says the just-revealed quick charger will be a "great value to customers because it will cost significantly less than one million yen." The Japanese automaker further states that the base quick-charge unit will cost less than one half the price of the Nissan's current 1.47-million yen ($19,088 U.S. at the current exchange rate) unit.

Nissan aims to sell 5,000 of the compact quick chargers by March of 2016 to contribute to the ongoing development of Japan's plug-in vehicle infrastructure. Preparations are currently underway for future sales of the cheaper quick charger in the U.S. and Europe. Hit the jump for full specs on Nissan's newly developed quick-charge stations.
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Nissan Develops New Quick Charger for Electric Vehicles

YOKOHAMA, Japan - September 12, 2011 - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today revealed its new quick charger to the public and announced plans for this proprietary technology to go on sale in November 2011 at Nissan parts companies throughout Japan.
New quick charger unit (standard specification)

The newly-developed quick charging unit retains the high performance of the current quick charger manufactured by Nissan, which is now on sale with a suggested retail price of 1.47 million yen (including tax), but is nearly half the size (by volume). The new charger unit's smaller size will take up less space and enable easier installation. When it goes on sale, the new standard specification quick charger unit will be highly competitive and great value to customers because it will cost significantly less than one million yen, while the base specification unit will cost only below one half the price of the current unit.

Nissan aims to sell 5,000 of the new quick chargers by the end of fiscal year 2015 (March 2016) to contribute to the ongoing development of the EV quick charging infrastructure in Japan. The company plans to install the new charging units at an increasing number of its dealerships nationwide and introduce the new units at local government facilities and in locations that draw large numbers of customers in regions throughout Japan. Nissan is also proactively seeking partner companies for sales as part of its efforts to assure customers of a comfortable and convenient electric vehicle driving experience. Preparations are also underway for future sales of the new quick charger in the US and in European markets.

Product Outline
Four features of the new quick charger

Safety
The new unit can be used even in rainy weather, and offers many safety features, such as monitoring against a potential short circuit when the charging unit is interfacing with the EV, for safe charging.
Universal compatibility
It complies with CHAdeMO*1 protocol and is compatible with Nissan EVs as well as EVs manufactured by other companies.
Responsive to various charging environments
To meet a variety of customer needs, Nissan has developed three specifications: base, standard and cold weather specifications.
Competitive pricing
Thanks to the adoption of new electric circuit technology*2 and by harnessing technology used in Nissan manufacturing and R&D, the new unit features a simple and efficient design that enables a low price.

Specifications
Base specification Standard specification Cold weather specification
Rated input 49kW 3- AC200V
Output voltage Maximum DC500V
Output current Maximum DC125A
Connector to feed power to the EV JEVS G 105-1993-compliant*3
Height/width/depth (mm) 1,840x380x665
Countermeasures taken

Heater
Cold-resistant cable

Main specifications

Indoor specification
No LCD display
External charger connector hook
2m cable
Antirust paint

Outdoor specification
Monochrome LCD display (color LCD display is an option)
Built-in connector holder
4m cable
Final paint coating (white)

Outdoor specification
Monochrome LCD display (color LCD display is an option)
Built-in connector holder
4m cable
Final paint coating (white)
Heater
Cold-resistant cable


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      step in the right direction but still much too rooted in gaspump mentality and heavy industrial design and the interior no doubt similarly sub optimal. it could easily be much cheaper still and far smaller
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        all those who vote me down for saying something completely reasonable as this post, perhaps you could voice the insight by which you judge me to be so wrong. I assume you know a lot about power electronics design and is ready to debate IGBT and inductor choices as well as circuit topologies? and when someone comes out with a 2000$ chademo charger you will of course remember and publically admit that you were wrong, right. right..
        gpmp
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        . . . interior no doubt sub optimal . . .? What a jackass.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @gpmp
          if I'm so wrong how do you explain that they were able to cut the price in more than half.. power electronics suddenly dropped in price?
      Michael Walsh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Like! Very much.
      Jelly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another $19,000 for the batteries after 5 years.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jelly
        Jelly is just an ignorant right winger newcomer. he will be assimilated in no time. resistance is futile.
        Dave D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jelly
        Don't you have some puppies to torture or some orphans to steal food from or something?
        Dave D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jelly
        Don't you have some puppies to torture or some orphans you could steal food from or something?
      fairfireman21
      • 3 Years Ago
      $35,000 for the car now $10,000 for a charger. I guess I could drive my SUV for another 4 years just off the charger price if gas was $10.00 per gallon. I thought electric cars were supposed to be cheaper but they seem like that is going backwards. The only cheap thing about them is it does not cost $40 to fill them up. Other than that I have never considered even looking at one.
        super390
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fairfireman21
        If you're going to develop your skills as a troll, you must at least make the effort to read the article. This is not meant to be sold to the likes of you, it's meant to be bought by businesses for their vehicle charging stations. So what's a gas pump cost?
      fairfireman21
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is with all this Troll crap. The article did say Customers, and Public. So I miss understood it. I realy did not see the need to call me a troll. If you need to call names for simple posts maybe you need to go back to kindergarden and learn some maners.
      Ladson
      • 3 Years Ago
      If every U.S. Nissan dealer installs one that would be a good start; however, the SAE must quit dragging their feet...every false start and major change cost auto makers and drivers money and delays BEV progress.
        Schmart Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ladson
        Not too much longer, "In the first quarter of next year, SAE plans to establish a standard, integrated coupler that would allow electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs/PHEVs) to be charged from either a conventional 15-A ac wall outlet or a dc connector of up to 90 kW. " http://ev.sae.org/article/10128
      Schmart Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great job reducing the price Nissan! Lets see if you can do the same for an EV.
      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this will be a game changer. Before Nissan released its ~$20k quick charger, you'd have a hard time finding one for twice that price. Now, with a sub-$10k charger less than a year later, quick chargers are starting to look financially feasable for a much wider array of organizations, like filling stations, restaurants, parks, municipal governments, utilities, etc. If they localize production, getting away from the inflated yen, we could easily see that same charger for less the $7000 in the US. In addition, the Nissan charger steps up voltage from 200v in Japan and requires a max of 49kW of input power. As such, ~250 amp 220v (55kW) service like what utilities typically run to houses in the US would be enough to run the charger, greatly simplifying installation. Considering how fast prices have dropped already, I could see ~$5000 quick chargers in the next few years connecting this country... If we could ever settle on a Level III charging standard.
        Arun Murali
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lne937s
        Wow, I never knew US houses had 250A 220V/55KWh connections. Most powerful home connections I have seen for 220V have about 30A per phase, making a 90A connection at about 20KWh. For 250A to work each phase has to have atleast 80A, the wires must me like thick solid copper. Anyhow its a good move, though my Ideas of what should be done are quite different.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      We really need that SAE fast-charging standard. NOW! Otherwise these could end up like those AVCONs out there.
        Michael Walsh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        No, we need the SAE to realize that their QC concept is nonsense and finally admit that CHAdeMO is superior!
        Ele Truk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Hah, that's funny. The Avcons are SAE standard.
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