Nissan helps drivers “fill up” on free electricity with expansion of Germany’s largest quick-charge network
Nissan announces today the expansion of its electric vehicle charging network in Germany, making it the largest quick-charge network in the country. In cooperation with Nissan dealerships, energy companies and municipalities, Nissan already operates more than 60 quick-charge stations at which drivers can charge their electric vehicles for free. To further improve accessibility to electric vehicle charging, Nissan will expand the network to 110 charging stations by the end of 2016.
Electro-mobility in Germany is growing fast – in September, the number of electric vehicles registered was up 76 percent on the same month last year. In line with this growing demand, Nissan’s charging network has been designed for compatibility across all brands. The stations offer multi-chargers, which are designed for a variety of charging standards and offer both a CHAdeMO connection and CCS plugs. This means that virtually all electric vehicle drivers can charge up their vehicles without restriction.
Commenting on the announcement, Thomas Hausch, head of Nissan Center Europe GmbH said: “A robust charging infrastructure is the key to really setting electro-mobility in motion in Germany. We are delighted that this expansion of the network means we will be operating the largest free, quick-charge network for electric vehicles in Germany but we would be happy to be overtaken in this regard – after all, we all benefit from having as wide and as freely available a network as possible.”
One of the latest quick-charging stations to be installed is in the northern Eifel region, where Nissan has worked in partnership with car dealership Autohaus Kirch and public utility company Stadtwerke Aachen AG (Stawag). Here, the battery of an electric car can be charged to 80 percent within 20 minutes, 24 hours a day.
With a focus on Intelligent Mobility solutions that have an ultimate goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities, Nissan has been pioneering the pure electric vehicle market since the introduction of the 100 percent electric, zero emission Nissan LEAF in 2010. There are now more than 250,000 Nissan LEAFs on the road worldwide, securing its position as the world’s best-selling EV. Nissan recently introduced the third generation model equipped with a 30 kWh battery that delivers 26 percent more range versus the previous model, and up to 250km of driving range on a single charge.
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About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 635,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan recently announced its Intelligent Mobility vision. Designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.