Aerovironment has installed 10,000 residential chargers in the US. On top of these, there are many at Nissan dealers and more at BMW dealers that offered the ActiveE (around 70). Soon, possibly, there will be some at US Fiat Studios. Aerovironment's Tom Carney, director of automotive sales and EV solutions, recently told AutoblogGreen that more news will be coming from Fiat on the deal with Aerovironment, most likely at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show where the 500E will take a bow.

While AeroVironment is Nissan's preferred vendor, Nissan dealerships have the discretion to choose the brand of charger they install. Nissan makes a 44kW DC Quick Charger unit that is sold by AeroVironment and costs under $20,000.

The Fiat deal came about in an interesting way. Nissan had asked AV to put together a dealer package so that when people buy a Leaf they also have an easy way to get a home charger. Since this package was still on the books, AV recently took it to Fiat in preparation for 500E sales. We should know more in a few weeks.


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      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Question is, when the SAE standard hits, what will we do with these chargers? Having two (actually, three, right Tesla?) standards is a bad thing. The J1772 charger standard was here first; we should use it.
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        For the residential chargers, nothing needs to be done unless the owner is prepared to convert their charger and car to SAE. For the commercial chargers, at some point, they will need to move to SAE if the owner expects to recoup their investment.
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          Current SAE is a subset of the future SAE, lacking the new L3 / QC capability. At some point, public / commercial chargers will have to move to L3 / QC, using the new plug.
          Michael Walsh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          I don't think that's true. SAE should be completely backwards compatible with existing J1772, at least when it comes to the EVSE side. If this is NOT the case, then the SAE standard connector is even a bigger pile of horse puckey than it's currently considered by those of us who don't believe in it. The only "commercial" chargers that would need any changes are the 440v DC Quick Chargers. Again, on the QC side.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        The current J1772 plug will work with the DC fast charge SAE J1772 plug. There are two covers for the new standard, so at one of these chargers, the driver would just open the top cover for the J1772-2012 plug. They did the right thing.
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        Well, not all areas can support the high voltage DC that the SAE L3 requires. You will probably still see the existing L2 240V EVSEs in service where they are currently installed. Since a lot of places only have one or two EVSEs, additional ones can be installed that are L3 400V (if they can support it). I feel that L2 and L3 can be in separate areas that are conducive to their strengths and needs of PEV owners. For example, long term parking at offices, hotels, airports, municipal parking, etc. can be L1/L2. Rest Stops, restaurants, truck stops, malls, gas stations, etc. can be L3.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      They also have an app for a smart phone. I was able to find a charger by using it.
      Smith Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a friend who just leased a 2012 Nissan Leaf SL. We noticed that some of the free public charging stations are not listed on Carwings or the DOE website. Is there a definitive way to search for ALL public charging stations?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smith Jim
        Recargo.com - also available for Android and iPhone
        nosoupforyou
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smith Jim
        plugshare.com - User reviews of public charging stations.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      10,000 residential chargers tied to the Leaf? One would hope so, given that 16k have been sold, series to date. OTOH, GM has sold 27k Volt series to date, although the smaller pack allows it to charge adequately on 120V for many owners. Residential chargers really aren't something to pay attention to. Public / commercial / at-work chargers are the ones which will matter.
        Michael Walsh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SVX pearlie
        Quite a few new LEAF owners qualified for the EV project, which doled out Blink EVSEs as part of the program rather than Aerovironment ones. Hence the disparity in the numbers.