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Nissan and Green Parking Council Team Up to Deploy Fast Charging Stations

This week the Green Parking Council (GPC) and Nissan announced a partnership in which the Japanese automaker is offering significant funding and charging station hardware to GPC members, as long as they commit to an accelerated installation schedule. The program is an extension of announcements by Nissan throughout 2013 that it will subsidize a CHAdeMO-based fast charging network across the U.S.

Nissan is in a race against the coming of wave of electric cars offering a new DC Fast Charging (DCFC) protocol, SAE’s Combo Charging System (CCS). Several electric cars going on sale soon will support CCS, and over the long term CCS may take over the fast charging market. While the Nissan LEAF (and Mitsubishi i-MiEV) have long supported DC Fast Charging, with its CHAdeMO port, the U.S. has been slow to adopt CHAdeMO charging infrastructure, with only about 306 CHAdeMO charging stations in the U.S. according to the CHAdeMO Association. Nissan is apparently seeking an advantage by offering wide access to CHAdeMO infrastructure while CCS is still in its infancy
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