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 |  Oct 14 2010, 1:24 PM

BP is set to install charging ports at 45 gas stations across the United States, which will be able to charge a Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi i-MEiV to 80% capacity in under 30 minutes.

The charge stations use 480 volts rather than the 220 volts used in the home charging units. With the lower voltage, the charging process can take hours, but BP’s system will allow customers to get back on the road in the time it takes to stop for a bathroom break. The stations will only be installed at 45 of the company’s 11,000 gas stations, in markets where the Nissan Leaf is initially being rolled out.

BP is apparently using the pilot project to gauge consumer behavior related to EV charging, and hasn’t announced a pricing model yet.

[Source: Kicking Tires]