Leave it to private corporations to start building an electric car recharging infrastructure. Nissan recently announced at the 2013 Washington Auto show that it will be introducing 500 fast charge systems to be readily available to the public (with 40 to be built in the Washington DC area). These new fast charging systems are capable of charging a Nissan Leaf up to 80% in less than half an hour ( and similar results with other electric cars as well).
Brendan Jones, Nissan director of marketing and sales for its electrical vehicles said it best when he stated that, “
"Nissan envisions a quick-charging network that links communities and neighborhoods where people live, work, shop and socialize, having a robust charging infrastructure helps build range confidence, which boosts interest in and use of electric vehicles. "
Part of Nissan’s plan is to also promote fast charging stations at workplaces as well. The concept of leaving for work with a full charge and leaving for home with a full charge is not new and over 1500 private charging points already exist in public corporations.
And recent concerns about plug compatibility to fast charging stations are easily taken care of with Nissan Leaf being equipped with different levels of plugs for different levels of charging.
Although it is mainly a way for Nissan to push there Nissan Leaf’s out the door, kudos to Nissan for improving upon the infrastructure of the future of electric vehicles.