Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and EVgo Services LLC. are installing 200 direct current fast chargers (DCFC) across the United States to expand the available charging network for electric vehicle (EV) owners. The DCFC units are capable of delivering 100 kilowatts of power and have both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors to facilitate a wider variety of EVs. The joint investment by Nissan and EVgo expands on a six-year partnership between the two companies – both of which are original leaders in transportation electrification in the U.S.
“Nissan is proud to have partnered with EVgo to build the largest public EV fast charging network in the U.S.," says Aditya Jairaj, director, EV Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "Given the tremendous driver response to the 2019 long-range all-electric LEAF, Nissan and EVgo will accelerate fast charging by committing to a multi-year charger construction program that will continue to expand fast-charging options for EV drivers across the country."
Nissan has invested more than $60 million in charging infrastructure and has installed over 2,000 quick charge stations across the country since 2010. Now, more than 100 million Americans currently live within a 15-minute drive of an EVgo fast charger, including those built in partnership with Nissan along the I-95 corridor on the East Coast, the DRIVEtheARC corridor in California from Montereyto Lake Tahoe.
“EVgo is thrilled to expand our six-year partnership with Nissan to provide convenient and reliable fast charging to EV drivers, including Nissan LEAF drivers, on the nation's largest and most reliable public network,” says Cathy Zoi, EVgo’s chief executive officer. “This new phase of our partnership means that EVgo and Nissan will continue to lead in enabling more American drivers to take advantage of the benefits of electric vehicles.”
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Nissan and EVgo will also join forces in a co-marketing program to help inform and raise awareness among U.S. EV drivers about the advantages of going electric.
This push comes just a month after a new coast-to-coast fast charging station rollout in Canada. The Canadian government’s $4.6 million investment in Petro-Canada, will result in the construction of 92 of the 500 fast chargers built or planned for the Canadian infrastructure in 2019.
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