Nissan Develops New Quick Charger for Electric Vehicles

published: 2011-09-13 15:28 | editor: | category: News

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. revealed its new quick charger to the public and announced plans for this proprietary technology to go on sale in November 2011 at Nissan parts companies throughout Japan.

The newly-developed quick charging unit retains the high performance of the current quick charger manufactured by Nissan, which is now on sale with a suggested retail price of 1.47 million yen (including tax), but is nearly half the size (by volume). The new charger unit's smaller size will take up less space and enable easier installation. When it goes on sale, the new standard specification quick charger unit will be highly competitive and great value to customers because it will cost significantly less than one million yen, while the base specification unit will cost only below one half the price of the current unit.

Nissan aims to sell 5,000 of the new quick chargers by the end of fiscal year 2015 (March 2016) to contribute to the ongoing development of the EV quick charging infrastructure in Japan. The company plans to install the new charging units at an increasing number of its dealerships nationwide and introduce the new units at local government facilities and in locations that draw large numbers of customers in regions throughout Japan. Nissan is also proactively seeking partner companies for sales as part of its efforts to assure customers of a comfortable and convenient electric vehicle driving experience. Preparations are also underway for future sales of the new quick charger in the US and in European markets.

Product Outline
Four features of the new quick charger

1. Safety
The new unit can be used even in rainy weather, and offers many safety features, such as monitoring against a potential short circuit when the charging unit is interfacing with the EV, for safe charging.

2. Universal compatibility
It complies with CHAdeMO*1protocol and is compatible with Nissan EVs as well as EVs manufactured by other companies.

3. Responsive to various charging environments
To meet a variety of customer needs, Nissan has developed three specifications: base, standard and cold weather specifications.

4. Competitive pricing
Thanks to the adoption of new electric circuit technology*2and by harnessing technology used in Nissan manufacturing and R&D, the new unit features a simple and efficient design that enables a low price.

Specifications

 

Base specification

Standard specification

Cold weather specification

Rated input

49kW 3- AC200V

Output voltage

Maximum DC500V

Output current

Maximum DC125A

Connector to feed power to the EV

JEVS G 105-1993-compliant*3

Height/width/depth (mm)

1,840x380x665

Countermeasures taken

 

 

-Heater

-Cold-resistant cable

Main specifications

-Indoor specification

-No LCD display

-External charger connector hook

-2m cable

-Antirust paint

-Outdoor specification

-Monochrome LCD display (color LCD display is an option)

-Built-in connector holder

-4m cable

-Final paint coating (white)

-Outdoor specification

-Monochrome LCD display (color LCD display is an option)

-Built-in connector holder

-4m cable

-Final paint coating (white)

-Heater

-Cold-resistant cable

Specifications

*1 CHAdeMO: CHAdeMO is an abbreviation of "CHArge de MOve", roughly meaning to "charge for moving." It is an association of companies committed to the development of EVs by facilitating the expansion of EV charging station infrastructure and aiming at standardized charging methods.

*2 The new electric circuit technology: developed in cooperation with Nagaoka University of Technology

*3 JEVS G105-1993: The Japan Automotive Research Institute (JARI) has created a new organization for EV technology standardization, the Japan Electric Vehicle Association Standard (JEVS). G 105-1993 is the connector to be used at eco-station for EV quick charging systems.

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