Nissan dealerships get ready for EV rollout

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Left to right: Jet Charge head of partnerships Geoff Mewing, Schneider Electric VP partner projects and power solutions Farokh Ghadially and Nissan Australia GM eastern region Ben Hamilton

Ahead of the arrival of new Nissan LEAF in August, 89 metro and provincial Nissan dealers will have Schneider Electric charging stations installed, helping to create Australia’s largest EV sales network.

Together, Schneider Electric and JET Charge will fit out new and existing dealerships so that Nissan is EV ready ahead of LEAF’s on sale date.

Schneider Electric’s at-home charging solutions can also be installed by JET Charge for Nissan LEAF private buyers. Internal Nissan global research shows that most LEAF owners approach the re-charging of their vehicle’s battery in the same way as their mobile phone – by re-charging overnight at home.

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Schneider says while current Australian EV retails are low, the automotive industry is expecting a spike in sales over the next five to 10 years – this is supported with the increase in EV-focused news by the media on a daily basis, the rise in EV enquiry and choice, and the expansion of infrastructure nationally.

In a 2018 KANTAR TNS independent study commissioned by Nissan Australia, two in three Australians (63 per cent) feel the move to electric vehicles (EVs) is inevitable, with a third of consumers (29 per cent) already considering buying an EV.

It also revealed that almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of Australians are more open to an electric (or other alternative fuel) vehicle than they were five years ago, with half saying that electric vehicles are cool and trendy.

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Highlighting the support for EVs within the community and their significant sales potential, an Australia Institute report revealed that most Australians want governments at the federal and state level to implement policies that will encourage more electric vehicles on our roads, and that they need to support with rebates and increased infrastructure.

Nissan’s charging stations will be installed over the next six months, and will be ready in time for the Nissan LEAF’s arrival.