NASHVILLE – Nissan North America says it will bring a lower-priced electric vehicle quick-charger to the United States early next year.
Nissan has slashed the cost of a typical quick-charge system by two-thirds or more, to under $10,000. That is far below the $30,000 to $45,000 price of other quick-chargers on the market, and Nissan believes it will help accelerate creation of a public electric-car recharging network.
Nissan and the international trading company Sumitomo Corp. said the new system, to be built in a Nissan factory in Japan, will sell in the United States for $9,900.
"That's a significantly lower capital investment for retailers," said Brendan Jones, Nissan's director of Leaf marketing and sales strategy, referring to retail stores, restaurants and other commercial establishments.
Some consumers have been hesitant to embrace electric-vehicle technology until there is a public network of convenient and fast recharging stations.
Nissan has been working with restaurant chains and retail chains to put public quick-chargers in their parking lots.
Jones says he has held discussions with dozens of gas station groups in recent weeks who are interested in installing the new quick-charge system.
Quick-chargers are more powerful than the standard home charging unit that Nissan requires customers to have installed before they can purchase the company's all-electric Leaf. Those 240-volt home chargers sell for about $1,200, but require several hours to recharge an electric vehicle.
The new quick-chargers operate on a 480-volt current and can take a depleted battery to 80 percent charged in under 30 minutes.
Jones said the systems can perform a quick "topping off" of battery power in five minutes. "That makes it the equivalent of stopping for gas," he said.