Is there still time to avoid a war in Europe? Even as EVSE manufacturers like ABB are trying to defuse the brewing battle of the fast-charging standards by offering dual-standard chargers, Nissan, the backer of the CHAdeMO standard, seems determined to create facts on the ground.
The Japanese EV maker recently installed Europe’s 1,000th CHAdeMO charger at a motorway services location on the busy M25, a major route between London and the Continent.
The new charger is part of a network of 195 chargers in the UK, which Nissan has installed with partners including IKEA, Moto, Roadchef, Welcome Break and Nissan dealers. The company expects to have over 1,800 quick chargers in service in Europe by the end of 2014.
Jean Pierre Diernaz, Nissan’s European Director of EVs, commented, “This is a huge landmark for zero-emission mobility, allowing a range of EVs, including the Nissan LEAF and forthcoming Nissan e-NV200 electric van, to quickly extend their journeys. The UK charging network is expanding rapidly and through our partner Ecotricity, customers are able to ‘refuel’ their car for free with wind and solar generated electricity.”