Nissan looks to corner quick-charge industry with half-price unit

Nissan has teamed up with leading European firms, including Circutor, DBT, Efacec, Endesa and Siemens, to speed development and installation of public-access quick-charge stations across Europe.

This agreement centers on the widespread deployment of Nissan's sub-$10,000 quick-charger, a unit which the Japanese automakers says will pave the way for businesses, including service stations, parking lot operators and retail outlets to install quick chargers and operate them as a profitable commercial enterprise.

For Nissan, the deployment of quick-charge units throughout Europe will likely make its Leaf more practical, as the vehicle will be able to conquer longer journeys by recharging to 80 percent capacity in less than 30 minutes. This, Nissan says/hopes, should boost Leaf sales tremendously across Europe. Nissan says the main goal of this agreement is to have thousands of quick-charge stations installed throughout Europe by the end of 2012 and – are you ready for this? – tens of thousands by 2015.
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Quick charge equipment price to be halved by early 2012
Plan for thousands of quick chargers across Europe by the end of 2012
Will make longer journeys more convenient for Nissan LEAF EV owners
Charge to 80% in less than 30 minutes

ROLLE, Switzerland (20 September, 2011) - Nissan has teamed up with leading European utility and electrical vehicle supply equipment companies to speed development of cheaper, smaller, quick chargers for electric vehicle batteries, and accelerate the installation of publicly-available Quick Charge (QC) points across Europe.

This agreement between Nissan, Circutor, DBT, Efacec, Endesa and Siemens is expected to result in a dramatic reduction in the price of the units- by over half to under €10K- paving the way for businesses such as service stations, car park operators and retail outlets to install quick chargers and run them profitably as a commercial enterprise. This will mean Nissan LEAF drivers, and other quick charge enabled vehicles, could use their car for longer journeys and recharge the car's battery to 80% capacity in less that half an hour.

As a result, it is expected that there will now be thousands of QCs across Europe by the end of 2012, and tens of thousands by 2015. This infrastructure will open up Nissan LEAF ownership to a whole new spectrum of buyers who occasionally need to do longer journeys.

A quick charge allows the battery to be topped up in little more time than it takes to refuel a conventional car, and of course the owner can leave the Nissan LEAF while it is being 'refueled' to make calls, have lunch or take a break.

A Cha de Mo DC quick charger delivers 50 kW of high voltage direct current (DC) electricity straight to the battery, speeding up the charging process.

Nissan LEAF has a range between charges of up to 175 km (109 miles) as tested over the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Increased opportunities for quick charging will mean that a quick power boost will give Nissan LEAF customers greater driving opportunities.

"We are confident that the Nissan LEAF's range will be enough to satisfy most drivers' daily needs. However, with a significant number of QCs available across Europe, EV owners who need to drive longer distances will be able to do so with confidence, knowing they will be able to recharge no matter where they go, which we believe is essential for the mass adoption of EVs. " says Toshiyuki Shiga Nissan COO.

The challenge to build cheaper and smaller quick chargers will be met by combining the game-changing Nissan QC technology unveiled in the new Nissan DC quick charger, together with the regional strength of our European partners' know-how.

Compliant with charging policies of European countries, the QCs are also AC quick charge ready to support the arrival of AC quick charging cars.

Deliveries of Nissan LEAF have already begun in the UK, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal. Order books have also opened in Switzerland, Belgium Norway, Sweden and Denmark with customers in those markets expected to start receiving their cars shortly.

Nissan in Europe

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 12,500 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 528,000 vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs and commercial vehicles. Nissan now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Japanese brand in Europe.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokahama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European and World Car of the Year awards.

About Cha de Mo

The CHAdeMO - or Charge to Move - standard was originally determined and agreed by a coalition of Japanese companies including Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Fuji Heavy Industries working closely with the Tokyo Electric Power Company. Today the association includes representatives from more than 150 companies worldwide, as well as local governments.

About Circutor

CIRCUTOR SA is one of the leading European Companies focused on the design, manufacture and marketing of the Electrical Energy Efficiency equipment. The Company offers products and solutions ranging from measuring and electric control, protection and control, quality and metering to power factor correction and harmonic filtering and smart charge of electric vehicle.

About DBT

DBT CEV, a subsidiary of DBT Group, is an engineering company specialized in Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure solutions. DBT CEV has been designing, developing and manufacturing a wide range of EV charging stations since 1992, with thousands of charging points installed in more than a dozen countries worldwide. A world-renown leader in e-mobility solutions, DBT has developed a portfolio of customized EV charging solutions for home, public and fleet applications.

About Efacec

Formed in 1948, Efacec, the largest Portuguese Group in the field of electricity, employs around 4500 people and has a turnover that already exceeded 1 billion Euros, while being present in more than 65 countries.

In the EV sector Efacec is a world leading company involved in charging infrastructure, management systems and smart grid integration, as well as power trains for EVs.

About Endesa

Endesa- a group company of ENEL, Europe's second biggest utility by installed capacity and global innovative EV market supporter- is one of the largest electric power companies in the world and Spain's largest utility. It is also the leading private multinational enterprise in Latin America and is a major player in other energy sectors, such as gas, cogeneration and renewable energies.

About Siemens

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. For over 160 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world's largest provider of environmental technologies. More than one-third of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions.

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