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Nissan to Build 500 EV Fast-Charge Stations in U.S. Within 18 Months

Michael Graham Richard
February 1, 2013

Tripling the Size of Current U.S. Quick-Charging Infrastructure

When Tesla Motors unveiled its Supercharger network of fast-charge stations for electric cars, I thought it was a great move on many levels: It’ll be great for Tesla owners, allowing them to charge quickly and for free all around the country (over time), and it’ll remove a worry that potential customers might have about doing long-distance trips. But it no doubt was also a catalyst for the rest of the industry, forcing them to up their game. I can’t be sure, but I imagine that when Nissan’s bosses saw Tesla’s announcement, they went “crap, now we have to build a large network of quick-charge stations to compete”.

But whatever the motivation for today’s announcement – internal to the company or external – Nissan’s plans to build at least 500 fast-charge stations around the U.S. during the next 18 months is a big deal. It alone would triple the current fast-charge infrastructure in the country, which currently numbers about 160, and it’ll add more pressure for other makers of plug-in vehicles to do the same (you getting the message, GM? How about you, Ford? Toyota?).

Read more: Nissan to Build 500 EV Fast-Charge Stations in U.S. Within 18 Months : TreeHugger.

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