Someday you won't be able to throw a rock without hitting a fast charging station...Tesla isn't the only company building fast-charging stations, though their plans seem more ambitious than others right now. Nissan is also committing more to building a network of fast-charging stations around the US.
The initiative will start with DC charging stations being built at "more than 100 LEAF-certified dealers" in 21 markets around the country. The stations will use the CHAdeMO standard - which can deliver up to 62.5 kW of high-voltage direct current - and be able to charge a LEAF battery from 'empty' to about 80% in about 30 minutes. That's not bad, especially if you just want to top up an extra 15-30 miles on your battery, something that you should be able to do in around 5-10 minutes.
This quick charging initiative follows a 24-dealer pilot program, which took place in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Seattle.
So far, the active chargers in the program have been popular. Since the pilot began, about 5,600 charging sessions have taken place, with each location averaging about 4.5 sessions per day. That figure has been steadily on the rise as awareness has increased. Over the period of June 21-July 1, the number of charging sessions increased about 12.5 percent compared to the previous two-week period.
There's a nice network effect between electric cars and fast-charging stations. The more fast-charging stations there are, the more convenient it becomes to own an electric car. The more people buy electric cars, the more it makes sense to invest in more fast-charging stations... and so on. This creates a virtuous cycle.