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USA: Nissan, GE, Working To Solve Leaf, WattStation Charging Station Woes

Plugging an electric car into a charging station might seem like a simple process, but sometimes even the simplest of processes can go wrong.

Over the weekend, we heard reports of several cases of Nissan Leaf owners whose Leafs had sustained damage after charging at GE WattStation Level 2 charging stations.

It is believed that a voltage spike occurred during connection to the charging station.

Yesterday, we reached out to Nissan and GE for official comment on the story. Today, we have heard from both firms.

“We are aware of several isolated instances of Nissan Leafs sustaining damage due to voltage current spikes from the power grid,” a Nissan spokeswoman told us.

“These isolated instances, while resulting in component damage to the on-board charger, did not result in injuries or fires,” she continued. “Some of these reported incidents occurred while Leafs were charging at GE WattStations.”

However, Nissan assures customers, it is working on the issue.

GE WattStation Electric Car Charging Station
“Nissan and GE are working to investigate every issue and determine root cause of the charging issues. While this issue represents a handful of incidents out of millions of charging events involving the Nissan Leaf, we are doing everything we can to get to the bottom of the issue.”

Similarly, GE is keen to assure customers it is working hard to resolve the problem.

“Since its launch in 2011, GE’s WattStation Wall Mount has performed as designed, thousands of units have been shipped, and it has received positive reviews,” a spokesman for the company told us.
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