By on July 3, 2014


Just in time for the Fourth of July travel weekend, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MIEV owners will have access to 633 CHAdeMO fast chargers, up from 160 stations in January 2013.

Green Car Reports says back then, the majority of those chargers were along the West Coast and Texas, with Nissan promising to triple that number within 18 months. Nissan North America senior manager of corporate communications Brian Brockman announced last week that his employer had gone above and beyond by bringing online nearly 500 units in the time period, with all listed on PlugShare.

As for the rest of FY 2014, Nissan will push forward to bring more CHAdeMO stations online, from its network of dealerships, to top Leaf markets such as Atlanta, Los Angeles and Houston. Meanwhile, another vehicle will be able to make use of the chargers when the 2015 Kia Soul EV goes on sale later on this summer.

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5 Comments on “Nissan: 633 CHAdeMO Fast Chargers Available For Use Today, More Coming...”

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    As a Leaf driver in western PA, I’ve never seen one.

    There are, however, two ‘nearby’, such that if I reached one, I could make it home after a quick charge. But if they were out of service, I might not. And at least one of them wants money, and the prices are high.

    Frankly, I’m not sure how much use these CHAdeMO chargers will ever get. Most Leaf drivers charge at home, and the vehicle’s range is so short that nobody is taking long trips to reach one.

    If Nissan ever produces a long-range EV (like a Model S), then they face another problem: the Supercharger network is less plentiful, but better for high-power charging. Nissan and Tesla need to work it out.

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    Aren’t the fast chargers the ones that Nissan admits will drastically shorten the battery life?

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      Actually, it turns out that 100% charging – not rapid charging – is the real problem.

      A recent study of many Leafs found that those which were rapid-charged suffered nearly the same battery degradation as those which were Level 2 charged.

      When I got my Leaf, they recommended only 1 rapid charge per day, but my car has never even had a single rapid charge.

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