Nissan and Sumitomo team up to offer an inexpensive 30-minute commercial charger

In January Nissan Motor Co. and Sumitomo Corp. will introduce a 480-volt quick charger for electric vehicles that costs only $9,900—less than one-third the price of other such devices currently offered in the U.S.

A typical 240-volt home recharger costs only about $1,200 but needs several hours to fully replenish an EV’s battery. Nissan and Sumitomo says their DC unit can restore a depleted battery to 80% of capacity in less than 30 minutes. The system is compatible with the Nissan Leaf EV and any other plug-in vehicles that meet the CHAdeMO recharging standard.

The chargers will be produced by Nissan in Japan and offered in two versions. The indoor model is intended for fleet operators, and the outdoor model is designed for use in public areas. The partners predict several thousand of their devices will be installed in the U.S.

Nissan says Monrovia, California-based AeroVironment Inc. will be the system’s distributor and preferred installer in the American market.

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