Nissan is getting behind fast charging in a big way. Shortly after unveiling a new incentive program for installers of CHAdeMO-compatible chargers in the US, the Japanese EV-maker has announced that it will help to build a network of rapid chargers throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The Rapid Charge Network (RCN) will include 74 fast charging stations, covering more than 1,100 km of major trunk routes as well as five seaports and five international airports. The charging units will be compatible with both the CCS and CHAdeMO standards, as well as Level 2 AC charging.
The network is due to be completed by the end of 2014, and will also be used to gather strategic information about customer charging behavior to help plan the roll-out of future charging infrastructure across Europe.
The project is co‑financed by the European Union’s Trans European Transport Network (TEN-T), and will be built by a Nissan-led consortium that also includes Renault, BMW, Volkswagen and public utility and university partners. Fittingly, it was announced at an event in Estonia, which was the first country in the world to open a nationwide EV fast-charging network.
“Nissan is delighted to be leading this important initiative. The UK’s Rapid Charge Network will provide a vital sense of security for all EV drivers, not just those using the Nissan LEAF, as well as helping to promote the advantages of zero-emission mobility to others,” said Olivier Paturet, General Manager Zero Emission Strategy & Corporate Planning.
Source: Automotive World