Nissan's partner to make home-charging for electric vehicles (EVs) a reality is AeroVironment (AV), a leading producer of EV charging units. The partnership is putting the finishing touches on a Nissan-branded home charging unit marketed at buyers of the Leaf all-electric car, but the charger is not model-specific. As AeroVironment's vice president of EV solutions Kristen Hensel remarked:
It's a very good charger, it will work for any car. So whoever owns the home and owns the Leaf, if they sell and move out and a new EV owner purchases that home, the charger will work reliably for years.
The compatibility between vehicles is due to the standard J1772 connector that was agreed upon by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The chargers will be installed by AV-trained electricians at an average cost of $2,200 before a 50 percent tax credit. The charger shown in the image is still in prototype form, and the company notes that the final version may see more revisions before its release.

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