Fast charge infrastructure ready for electric vehicle launch

Electric vehicle infrastructure provider, ChargePoint, installed a series of Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at Nissan’s headquarters in Dandenong, Victoria, for the arrival of the company’s ground-breaking electric car, the ‘LEAF’.

The two CT2000 stations operate on ChargePoint’s open-access network.

ChargePoint CEO, James Brown said the 32 A Level 2 fixed-cable charging stations have full communications capabilities.

“The stations have the ability to share diagnostic information with electric cars. It is a particularly exciting time for EV technology and the availability of these Level 2 charging stations is the first of several advancements we will see in coming months,” Mr Brown said.

“The CT2000 stations will not be for the sole use of Nissan’s employees. Rather, all EV users stand to benefit from their installation,” he said.

Drivers don’t need to remember to bring along their own power cord because a fixed cable is attached to each of the charging stations.

“It will simply be a case of swiping your ChargePass card, plugging the vehicle into the socket for a safe recharge, then before you know it you will be on your way again,” he said.

While the three stations are the first Level 2 ChargePoints to be installed in Australasia, many others will follow, as business and consumers embrace electric transportation, Mr Brown said.

ChargePoint already has more than 30 public and private charging stations in operation throughout Australia and New Zealand.

With a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating as well the top rating in the IIHS safety awards in the US, the front-wheel drive Nissan LEAF claimed the awards for World Car of the Year and European Car of the Year.

It has been named as one of the 50 Best Inventions by Time magazine and received Popular Mechanics 2010 Breakthrough Award.