In preparation for the December launch of its Leaf EV, Nissan has developed its own electric vehicle charge station that will be installed at all of its dealers in Japan.

There will actually be two different chargers available – a standard single-phase 200 volt version will be available at all 2,200 dealers, while a 49 kilowatt fast charger will be installed at about 200 dealers. The goal is to have quick chargers available to customers within a 25 mile radius everywhere in Japan.

The quick charger should be able to charge the 24 kilowatt-hour Leaf battery in about 30 minutes. It takes a three-phase 200 volt AC input and steps it up to as much as 500 volts of direct current with 125 amps. The Nissan developed charger starts at $16,200 for the base version, but Nissan is also offering a variant for hot weather use that adds a cooling system for $19,000, as well as a heated cold weather model for $17,000. Check out the official press release after the jump for more info.

[Source: Nissan]


PRESS RELEASE

Nissan Introduces Quick EV Charger

YOKOHAMA (May 21, 2010) - Nissan Motor Co. announced today that it is commencing sales of Nissan-developed quick chargers through its regional parts sales affiliates in preparation for the December release of its Nissan LEAF, the all new zero emission car.

Nissan developed the quick charger in-house, applying its R&D expertise accumulated in development of EVs and related plant equipment which already installed its EV production plants. This gives the quick charger a competitive pricing advantage at the manufacturer's preferred price of 1.47 million yen.

Nissan plans to install 200-volt standard chargers at 2,200 Nissan dealers nationwide before December, 2010. In addition to that these quick chargers will be available at 200 selected dealers as well. For the convenience of Nissan LEAF drivers, at least one quick-charge unit will be available within a 40-kilometer radius throughout the country.
Quick EV Charger

Nissan-made Quick Charger
Four main features

1. Safety
For safety, the charger maintains close communication with the vehicle, including various safety equipment like an anti-short-circuit monitor. Also it can be used under every climate.

2. Broad compatibility
The product follows the CHAdeMO protocol (*1) so it works not only with Nissan EVs but with those of other auto makers' EVs as well.

3. Temperature durability
In addition to the standard model, Nissan offers variants for hot and cold climates.

4. Competitively priced
The equipment and high technology of Nissan plants eliminate waste in the production process and make the charger elegantly simple, allowing a very competitive price.

<Specifications>
Standard Hot-climate Cold-climate
Model No. NSQC-44-A-1 NSQC-44-B-1 NSQS-44-C-1
Rated input 49kW three-phase 200VAC
Output voltage to 500VDC
Output current to 125A
Power supply connector Compatible with JEVS G 105-1993 (*2)
Dimensions (HxWxD mm) 1,700x750x640 1,700x1,050x640 1,700x750x710
Optimal operating temperature range, -10~40deg(C) -10~50deg(C) -20~40deg(C)
Special features ・Cooling system ・Heater and cold-safe cable
Manufacturer's preferred retail price (excludes tax and installation) (unit: yen)
Standard Hot-climate Cold-climate
Price 1,470,000 1,732,500 1,543,500
One-year manufacturer warranty included

Notes:
*1: CHAdeMO Organization established to encourage quick-charging stations, specifically to increase the number of stations. Quick charger is essential to the spread of EVs, and support related standards.
*2: JEVS G105-1993: The Japan Electric Vehicle Standard is set officially by the Japan Automobile Research Institute; G105-1993 covers the connector for the Eco Station rapid EV charging system.