Getting your hands on the all-electric Leaf from Nissan is easier now that 2012 models will be released in 36 states. Over in the United Kingdom, as well as the rest of Europe, Leaf EV's are growing in popularity. In order to promote buying of the electric car, Nissan is giving away rechargers to European fuel stations.
Nissan is giving away 400 quick charger devices to EV charging stations across their nation. During an announcement made about the giveaway, Nissan said that the devices are essential to making EV-driving more mainstream.
"With a significant number of (quick chargers) available across Europe, EV owners will be able to recharge quickly no matter where they go. We believe this is essential for the mass adoption of EVs," Pierre Loing, VP of Nissan's product planning.1
Quick-chargers allow electric vehicle batteries to recharge in a short period of time, though you won't receive a full charge. However, the quick bursts of energy will take about the same amount of time as stopping to fill up a car with gasoline. The advanced lithium ion batteries in Leaf can be recharged from zero to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.
Official US EPA government ratings for 2012 models were released last week, stating that Nissan Leaf's "MPG" rating is a combined 73 miles city/hwy. Amazing numbers!
You can learn all about the science and tech behind Leaf and the charging process at Superior Nissan in Fayetteville, AR.