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Nissan to Market D.C. Fast Charger for Under $10,000By JIM MOTAVALLI
"Nissan North America, with its partner Sumitomo, will market a 480-volt D.C. fast charger in the United States next year, the automaker announced Thursday night. The charger will sell for less than $10,000, a precipitous drop compared to units now on the market, which cost as much as $50,000.
Brendan Jones, the director of Leaf marketing and sales strategy at Nissan, said in an interview that large gas station chains were “a very big interested party.” He also said that deployment of the chargers would not be subsidized through the federally supported EV Project.
Technical breakthroughs enabled the low price, Mr. Jones said.
The charger, priced at $9,900, will use the Japanese plug design and charging protocol developed by Tokyo Electric Power, known as Chademo. The 2012 Leaf is equipped for fast charging and uses this protocol, although a new American standard developed by SAE International is expected early next year. Mr. Jones said Nissan could not wait for the SAE standard to be commercialized before bringing the low-price charger to market..."
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