Nissan and EVgo Expand Their EV Charging Network, Adding 200 DC Fast Chargers
Nissan Motor Co and EVgo are expanding their EV charging network in the U.S. with the installation of 200 direct current fast chargers (DCFC). Each of the new DC fast-chargers is capable of delivering 100kW and have both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors compatible with most newer EV models.
EVgo, founded in 2010, operates the nation's largest fast charging public network for electric vehicles. The company operates more than 1,200 DC fast chargers in 750 locations in 66 metropolitan markets in 34 states. EVgo's fast chargers are compatible with all fast charge-capable EV models and are powered by 100% renewable energy.
The joint investment by Nissan and EVgo expands on a six-year partnership between the two companies in the U.S. So far, Nissan said it installed more than 2,000 quick charge connectors across the country since 2010.
"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-range1 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."
The new fast chargers build upon Nissan and EVgo's previous commitments to build EV charging infrastructure.
At the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Nissan and EVgo announced their plan to connect Boston and Washington DC with EV fast-charge sites. The plan was designed to deliver a robust charging infrastructure along the I-95 corridor connected heavily traveled route between Boston and Washington DC, providing EV owners peace of mind when driving the route. The route was completed in Sept 2018.
More than 100 million Americans currently live within a 15-minute drive of an EVgo fast charger, including those built in partnership with Nissan along the I-95 corridor on the East Coast, the DRIVEtheARC corridor in California, a charging network which extends from the coastal city of 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 in a statement. "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."
To promote the adoption of electric vehicles, Nissan and EVgo are launching a co-marketing program to raise awareness about the advantages of going electric, as well as promoting Nissan's new Leaf PLUS EV, which has a range up to 226 miles and DC fast-charging capability. The fast chargers are capable of charging the LEAF's battery pack to around 80% in about one hour.
The LEAF is one of the world's most popular electric cars. Nissan sold 400,000 LEAF vehicles worldwide since its introduction in 2010.
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