CHICAGO Nissan North
America Inc. and Car Charging Group Inc., which provides
electric vehicle (EV) charging services, launched a joint
initiative to expand the nationwide network of EV charging
Car Charging and Nissan will
work together to determine the placement of the chargers,
targeting key markets throughout the United States by the end
of 2013. Their first goal will be to install 48 Nissan-brand
quick-charger stations in California and on the East Coast.
stations can charge a fully depleted Nissan Leaf to 80 percent
of capacity in about 30 minutes, the Franklin, Tenn.-based
Meanwhile, Miami-based Car
Charging will educate consumers about EV-charging
infrastructure and the use of electric cars. Car Charging is
also developing a mobile application to provide turn-by-turn
directions to charging stations.
"Nissans commitment to expanding EV charging
infrastructureincluding quick chargers with businesses
such as Car Chargingnot only supports todays Nissan
Leaf and other EV drivers, but also helps prepare communities
for the increasing use of EVs," Brendan Jones, Nissans
director for EV infrastructure, said.