Charging Your Nissan Leaf Will Soon be a lot Easier

Jan 28, 2015 08:00 AM EST | Matt Mercuro

Nissan has announced that it will add 1,100 quick-charging stations in the U.S. for electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf by April 1.

Though the company isn't saying where the Nissan-sponsored charging stations will be located yet, they will be in around 25 different markets across the U.S. where company EV sales are strongest or where the company sees the "greatest potential," according to Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman.

More than 1,700 high-speed charging stations in Nissan-sponsored locations will be added by April 1, 2016, Nissan said. This should help ease car shoppers worries about range anxiety.

"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 company statement.

Nissan's 2015 Leaf is on sale at Nissan dealerships now. The EV competes for sales against the likes of the Fiat 500e, Kia Soul EV, Chevrolet Spark EV and Ford Focus Electric.

"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," Jones added.

Telsa has been a pioneer as far as charging networks go, as its Supercharger network offers free connectors that charge Tesla Model S vehicles in minutes instead of making drivers wait hours to use their vehicle.

There are currently 358 Supercharger stations with 1,956 Superchargers, according to Tesla.

Volkswagen and BMW announced last week that the two companies have reached a partnership to make 100 fast-charging locations at heavily traveled roads on the East and West Coasts. The new partnership includes ChargePoint, a new electric-vehicle charging network. 

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