Nissan unveils electric ecosystem plans
04 October 2017
Nissan has unveiled plans for its electric ecosystem in Europe, in which it will launch new electric vehicles, invest in additional infrastructure, advance battery charging and home storage, and give customers free power to their electric vehicles (EVs).
The four-pillared ecosystem was revealed at Nissan's third Futures event called 'The Car and Beyond' in Oslo, Norway. Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan Europe, outlined the manufacturer's plans for the next decade, which he said will see developments in infrastructure as well as an even bigger change in the way people access and pay for the power in their cars.
Headlining the Nissan Futures 3.0 event was the European premiere of the new Nissan Leaf, with a special 2.ZERO version for Europe. As the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the new Leaf is capable of travelling 235 miles on a single charge.
Nissan also announced plans to expand its existing outdoor charging network by 20% over the next 18 months. Working with EV fast-charging standard CHAdeMO, the company has already built Europe's most comprehensive charging network, with over 4,600 quick chargers across the region.
Nissan now plans to invest in supporting the installation of a further 1,000 chargers over the next 18 months. The company is working with its partners, business owners, municipalities and sector leaders across Europe to ensure the roll out plans provide maximum convenience to its drivers, with installations on highways, in towns and throughout key European cities.
Nissan also announced its new 2018 range of home and office charging units, giving more choice to owners.
The Nissan double speed 7kW home charger allows Nissan electric vehicle owners to achieve a 100% charge in just 5.5 hours - a 70% reduction in charging time from the previous charging technology. The double speed charger is designed to benefit consumer EV owners, with faster home charging than Nissan has ever offered before.
The Nissan 22kW charger is capable of charging a Nissan EV in just two hours. Designed for fleet and business owners, Nissan says the super-fast charger can also be purchased by consumers who want an even quicker charging experience.
At the Futures 3.0 event, Willcox said: "Nissan kick-started the electric vehicle revolution almost a decade ago. In that time we've sold more EVs than any other manufacturer on the planet. Put simply, we've been doing it longer than anyone else, we've sold more than anyone else, and we have a more exciting plan for the future than anyone else."