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Old 11-15-2011, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Nissan Attempts End Run On Quick Charge

Interesting article by Brad Berman over at PlugInCars about Nissan bringing a $9990 DC quick charge station to market. That sounds like alot of Benjamins until you realize that many comparable chargers are going for two and three times that price.

What gives? Nissan has committed to a different quick charge standard than Ford and GM. This is Nissan's attempt to drive their standard home by being the early mover.

Will localities bite on Nissan's offer? Is Nissan taking a loss on these things to win the QC end game? One would certainly think so.



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Old 11-28-2011, 05:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Given that the LEAF is the only car sold today that even has a quick charge (QC) capability and there have been complaints that there aren't enough QC chargers, it seems in Nissan's best interest to get the price as low as possible to lower a barrier for QC infrastructure installation.

Apparently cost is only one of the issues with the CHaDemo chargers: (1)the first CHaDemo plug was pretty fragile and broke quickly when actually used (so it needed a re-design) and (2) Utilities have been non-committal about supporting the installations.
The two CHaDemo's in the Portland area have rarely been operational since their (much ballyhoed) opening ceremonies. In contrast the one in the Arizona area is reported to have been functioning well.

Unlike the VHS/Beta debacle, we're only talking about a plug and some signalling here, so adapters should be possible. Even if adapters aren't a possibility, once a station is functioning on the grid, it should be easy to replace. When cars with actual outlets for the new L3 standard finally appear on the market, it will be interesting to see how many CHaDemo chargers will actually be in service (I'm betting less than 50 given how absurdly slow things have progressed in the last year), which will then drive whether anybody bothers making adapters.
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I think there are concerns on how the system will powerup the car quickly without compromising your power consumption at home. For sure it will elevate your monthly electricity bills to an all time high coz the charger will take all the power as fast as it can to charge up the car. Almost a 10 grand investment for a car charger...not really the kind of addon.
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