While electric vehicle sales in 2018 made up just 6% of cars sold, that still represents an increase of 81% over 2017, which is a sure sign the market is continuing to shift in the direction of EVs. The continued partnership between Nissan and EV Go will help shape future infrastructure developments and ensure charging needs are met as more people drive EVs.
- 81% more electric vehicles sold in 2018 vs 2017
- 200 new fast chargers by EV Go to be deployed with NIssan support
- Chargers will work with both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors
As more consumers purchase EV’s, however, it creates a problem: infrastructure. In almost every corner of America you can find a gas station for conventional engines, but the network of electrical chargers is spotty and sparse, to say the least. However, market forces often incentivize solutions to the problems they create. As EV demand rises, the pressure to create the charging networks to sustain them will rise. In fact, Nissan and EV Go are already taking steps to remedy the situation.
Unfortunately, the charging network just isn’t there yet. It is seen as a large barrier to entry for many people looking at EV’s today. Charging can become especially difficult as you exit large metropolitan areas and enter suburbs and small towns. Even if you are able to find a charging station, chances are it’s not a fast-charging system, where it can often take over 12 hours to fully charge your EV.
But thankfully, Nissan and EV Go, an industry-leading charging station company, are working together to install 200 new 100kW DC fast-charging stations in select U.S. markets. These 200 chargers will feature both CHAdeMO and CCS connectors, so not just Nissan EVs, but every EV (excepting Teslas) will benefit. “Nissan is proud to have partnered with EV Go to build the largest public EV fast-charging network in the U.S.,” said Aditya Jairaj, director of EV Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. The joint investment by Nissan and EV Go expands on a six-year partnership between the two companies, both leaders in transportation electrification.
WHY THIS MATTERS
This new charging network expansion will allow EV’s to become more practical for consumers currently on the fence, while making lives easier for current EV owners who need to charge their vehicles on the go. It’s only a matter of time before charging stations like these become as popular as gas stations are today, and it will be companies like EV Go and Nissan who take the plunge now that will be the most rewarded.