Nissan now has 265 DC quick chargers installed to recharge its Leaf electric car and is continuing toward its goal to have 600 by March 31, 2014.
The company is working to make electric car ownership viable for more drivers. It’s part of an expensive push by the brand aimed at making the Leaf electric car more widely accepted.
Building a better charging network is important, but it won’t mean anything unless there are drivers using them. Nissan’s Leaf sales trailed the Chevrolet Volt — which doesn’t rely on plug-in power — last year until the brand made an important decision. It chose to slash the Leaf’s price by $6,000 for the 2013 model year. The announcement came during January’s Detroit Auto Show and sales soon surpassed the Volt.
Currently, they’re hovering around 2,000 units per month, and the brand expects those numbers to grow in the comping months.
Even with its aggressive strategy, Nissan is still constantly being upstaged by another, smaller electric car maker. Hardly leaving the spotlight for a moment, Tesla has remained at the center of attention through surprising financial success and a series of cryptic announcements Not the least of those was its expanding “Supercharger” network designed to allow owners of the six-figure Model S to travel longer distances than any other EV owner.
Using a large battery and strategic charger placement, Tesla will to allow its customers passage from New York to Los Angeles by the end of the year.
According to Tesla’s website, there are currently eight Superchargers, but the company previously said it expects to have roughly 100 by 2015. Tesla’s position is different than Nissan’s because the Model S boasts a much greater driving range, but Nissan’s shotgun approach will expedite EV viability in a way Tesla can’t.
[Source: Hybrid Cars]
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