Nissan clarifies Leaf's 6.6 kW onboard charger upgrade: just "studying" for now

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Last week, Green Car Reports claimed that Nissan was working on an uprated charging system that could juice up its battery-powered Leaf in less time. Quoting Nissan's director of product planning, Mark Perry, GCR posted that the automaker would offer such a system on the Leaf "in a year or so."

Plugin Cars reached out to Nissan for clarification on the Leaf's onboard charger and, according to Perry, GCR was just "speculating" on this point. Perry told Plugin Cars that Nissan is simply "studying" the possibility of offering an upgraded charger.

On a related note, Perry told Plugin Cars that Nissan's Oppama, Japan facility is adding "weekend and overtime" shifts to ramp up Leaf production and planned to hit its target of pumping out 10,000 total electric hatches by the end of this month. However, Perry's confirmation came before the devastating earthquake and tsunami halted automotive production across most of Japan, so we'll have to see what the situation is in the near future.

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[Source: Plugin Cars]

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