Battery-electric vehicle sales outpace the construction of charging stations, but the ratio’s improving with the ongoing partnership between Nissan and EVgo. The two are expanding their charging network with the installation of 200 direct current fast chargers (DCFC) across the United States.
Each of the new fast-chargers is capable of delivering 100kW and have both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors so more EV drivers can benefit.
“Nissan is proud to have partnered with EVgo to build the largest public EV fast charging network in the U.S.,” said Aditya Jairaj, director, EV Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America Inc.
“Given the tremendous driver response to the 2019 long-range all-electric Leaf, Nissan and EVgo will accelerate fast charging by committing to a multi-year charger construction program that will continue to expand fast-charging options for EV drivers across the country.”
Last fall, the two companies installed a series of nine electric vehicle fast charging stations along 500 miles of the I-95 corridor in the Northeastern corner of the United States.
The completion of the Northeast fast charging corridor provides a comprehensive charging infrastructure, offers owners of electric vehicle peace of mind and convenience when travelling the heavily-traveled corridor, stretching from Boston to Washington D.C.
Nissan and EVgo are in the midst of a six-year partnership that has seen the pair install more than 2,000 quick charge connectors across the country since 2010.
More than 100 million Americans currently live within a 15-minute drive of an EVgo fast charger, including the aforementioned group along the I-95 corridor on the East Coast, plus the DRIVEtheARC corridor in California from Monterey to Lake Tahoe.
“EVgo is thrilled to expand our six-year partnership with Nissan to provide convenient and reliable fast charging to EV drivers, including Nissan Leaf drivers, on the nation’s largest and most reliable public network,” said Cathy Zoi, chief executive officer, EVgo.
“This new phase of our partnership means that EVgo and Nissan will continue to lead in enabling more American drivers to take advantage of the benefits of electric vehicles.”
Nissan and EVgo are putting together a joint effort to bring a spotlight on advantages of driving electric vehicles. The Nissan Leaf Plus will be the centerpiece of the marketing campaign.
The Nissan Leaf Plus, which has a range up to 226 miles, can utilize the fast-charging capability and EVgo’s network of more than 1,200 public fast chargers across the country. Nissan has sold more than 400,000 Leaf vehicles worldwide.
EVgo and Nissan aren’t the only pairing looking to expand the nation’s EV charging infrastructure. Electrify America was born to help Volkswagen make amends for the diesel emissions scandal in 2015.
The company pledge $2 billion, including $800 million in California, during a 10-year period to establish the aforementioned network of 2,000 chargers.
The world’s largest retailer is home to 120 new chargers from Volkswagen AG unit Electrify America in 34 states with plans, according to Reuters, to add 180 more by the end of the year. The move is part of Electrify America’s goal having 2,000 charging stations at 484 sites in 17 large metro areas.