A new quick charging system will be available from Nissan’s parts dealers in November. But wait, you might say, Nissan already has a home quick charging system! True – but Nissan has continued to develop and improve its home charging station, and the new unit is about half the size of the old one with the same level of performance. It is also less expensive, which Nissan hopes will help it sell 5000 units by 2015.
The new unit comes in three flavors – standard, base, and cold-weather. At 72.5” tall, 26” long, and just 15” wide, it’s quite a bit smaller than its predecessor. It also fits the standard for Japanese auto makers and power companies (remember the CHAdeMO standard for EV power supply?), so customers with other types of EVs and even hybrids can still use the Nissan charging system.
Communication between the charger and the EV has been improved to monitor leaks and other potential problems, in order to improve the safety of the device. Nissan has also integrated new circuit technology jointly developed with the Nagaoka University of Science and Technology in order to greatly simplify the configuration – simple is best, as they say, and also inexpensive. The current model sets the customer back about $19,190, but the new “standard” model will not cost more than $13,055. The “base” model should be about half the price of the current model, making it even more of a bargain.
While Nissan has been pretty quiet about what comes with the cold-weather model, they’ve outlined the differences between the standard and base models. The standard can be used outdoors or indoors, has a (presumably light-up) night-time display, a 4 meter cable, and the hook for the charge connector is inside the unit. The base model must be kept under a roof and within walls (no problem if you’ve got a garage), has no night-time display, and the cable is half the length of the standard. The charge connector also hooks up to the outside of the unit. No word on if this charging system will bring with it the home integration that would allow the Leaf to power a household in the event of a blackout.
All models are also available in the US and Europe.
Source: Eco Japan.