- A new dealership quick-charging program for the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle is set to roll out this summer, but it may not be free at all locations.
- "It will be up to the local dealer to set the terms, including payment," a Nissan spokesman told Edmunds.
- The quick chargers can charge the Leaf from depleted to about 80 percent in about 30 minutes, according to Nissan.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — A new dealership quick-charging program for the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle is set to roll out this summer, but it may not be free at all locations.
The quick-charging initiative follows a 24-dealer pilot program at Nissan dealerships on the West Coast. The new program will feature more than 100 DC quick chargers at Leaf dealers in 21 key markets nationwide. The program will help to alleviate concerns about the charging infrastructure and the driving range of electric vehicles.
"It will be up to the local dealer to set the terms, including payment," wrote Brian Brockman, a Nissan spokesman in response to an e-mailed query from Edmunds. "For the pilot, dealers provided charging at no charge for at least 90 days. Some are converting to a revenue model, and others remain free."
The quick chargers can charge the Leaf from depleted to about 80 percent in about 30 minutes, according to Nissan.
Installation of Nissan's new chargers will begin in East Coast markets starting this summer. By April 1, the company said it expects to have quick chargers installed and operational at 100 additional dealerships.
Nissan said about 5,600 charging sessions have taken place since the pilot program was launched, with each location averaging about 4.5 sessions per day.
"Nissan is undertaking a proactive, multi-pronged approach to expanding charging infrastructure to enhance awareness of electric cars like the Leaf and instill range confidence in potential customers," said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan's electric vehicle infrastructure strategy, in a statement.
Nissan's new initiative follows on the heels of Tesla Motors tripling its Supercharger network in the U.S. as of June.
There are 6,218 electric charging stations in the U.S., excluding private stations, according to the Alternative Fuels Data Center of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Earlier this month, Nissan announced it sold 9,839 Leafs in the U.S. in the first six months of the year. The automaker said Leaf deliveries in the first half of the year "have already exceeded the sales total from all of 2012."
Edmunds says: Who's going to develop the app that will help consumers to find the Nissan dealerships with free Leaf charging?