Nissan To Add 1,100 Charging Stations in U.S. for EVs

NASHVILLE, Tennessee Nissan and its partners will add 1,100 quick-charging stations in the U.S. for electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf by April 1, the automaker confirmed for Edmunds on Tuesday.

While the automaker is not saying exactly where the Nissan-sponsored chargers will be located at this point, Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman said they will be "in roughly 25 markets across the U.S. where EV sales are strongest or where we see the greatest potential."

Another 1,700 high-speed charging stations in Nissan-sponsored locations will be deployed by April 1, 2016, the automaker said.

"Access to quick chargers that can provide about 80 percent charge to a Nissan Leaf battery in less than 30 minutes has proved to increase our owner satisfaction and get more buyers to consider the benefits of an all-electric car," said Brendan Jones, Nissan's director of electric vehicle sales and infrastructure deployment, in a statement.

He added: "Nissan continues to invest heavily with our charging partners to ensure that Leaf owners have easy access to convenient public charging as they seek to maximize the benefits of their cars."

The 2015 Leaf is on sale now at Nissan dealerships. Key competitors to the Leaf include the Chevrolet Spark EV, Fiat 500e, Ford Focus Electric and Kia Soul EV.

Last week, Volkswagen and BMW announced a joint move to build 100 fast-charging locations along heavily traveled routes on the East and West Coasts. The initiative includes ChargePoint, an electric-vehicle charging network.

The charging corridors are expected to heighten the appeal of such electric vehicles as the BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf.

Tesla Motors has been a pioneer when it comes to setting up a charging network. Its Supercharger network provides free connectors that charge the Tesla Model S in minutes instead of hours. There are 358 Supercharger stations with 1,956 Superchargers, according to the automaker.

Edmunds says: High-speed charging stations are springing up all across the U.S., thanks to the efforts of a number of automakers, including Nissan, BMW, Volkswagen and Tesla. This should help to ease car shoppers' concerns about range anxiety.