Nissan has announced plans to triple the number of electric vehicle fast chargers in the U.S. with the addition of at least 500 quick-charging stations in the next 18 months. Nissan hopes that the addition of the new chargers will help to significantly increase the number of EVs on the road by giving current and potential EV drivers more charging options.
“We envision a quick-charging network that links communities and neighborhoods where people live, work, shop and socialize,” said Brendan Jones, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle marketing and sales strategy. “Having a robust charging infrastructure helps build range confidence, which boosts interest in and use of electric vehicles. By improving the charging infrastructure, Nissan furthers its commitment to bringing electric vehicles to markets throughout the United States.”
Nissan’s strategy is focused on a three-prong approach to increase the number of available fast chargers though its dealer network, workplace campus charging and opportunities within local neighborhoods that help interconnect communities where drivers spend the bulk of their time and do the majority of their driving.
Nissan also plans to supply 40 fast chargers to NRG’s eVgo network in greater Washington D.C. through a network of 40 eVgo Freedom Station sites across the area. Each Freedom Station site will have a Nissan fast charger that can provide EVs such as the Nissan LEAF with up to an 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes. NRG’s new greater Washington, D.C. network will be the first such network of fast chargers in the northeastern United States.