Tuesday, 16 April 2019 11:19

Schneider, JET to supply Nissan EV charging stations

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The Nissan LEAF being charged. The Nissan LEAF being charged. Supplied

Global digital transformation company Schneider Electric has announced a tie-up to supply Australia's biggest electric vehicle charging infrastructure installer JET Charge with charging equipment for car dealer Nissan Australia.

Charging stations will be installed at 89 metropolitan and provincial Nissan dealers before the arrival of the new Nissan LEAF model in August, creating Australia's biggest EV sales network, Schneider and JET said in a statement.

Charging stations for the home will be installable by JET Charge for private buyers of the Nissan LEAF. The statement said internal Nissan research had shown that most LEAF owners charged their cars as they did their mobile phones – overnight at home.

While retail sales of EVs were low right now, the statement said a spike in sales was expected over the next 5 to 10 years.

In the ongoing Federal Election campaign, the Labor Party has announced a target of 50% of vehicles sold being EVs by 2030.

Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester said: “The new Nissan LEAF has the ability to transform the way we drive and live. The increase in power and particularly torque make this vehicle a lot of fun to drive, surprising many who get to experience it.

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A view of the charging station. Photos courtesy Schneider Electric and JET Charge

"In fact, electrified vehicles will represent a third of Nissan volume in Australia during our mid-term plan. By introducing more electric alternatives on several of our key models, we will make mass market electrification a reality.

"I have no doubt electric vehicles will be a success here, and sooner than many think, and Nissan is planning for this now to ensure we meet the future needs of the buyer.”

JET Charge chief executive Tim Washington said: “Working with Schneider Electric to provide reliable, world-class charging technology enables us to install the best charging solutions for Australian consumers.

"Driven by increasing charging infrastructure and car model availabilities, the Australian electric vehicle industry is soon to leapfrog over other markets, and is already well ahead of other markets.

"Partnering with leading car and technology manufacturers will enable us to accelerate this growth further, and set Australian EV uptake soaring.”

Schneider Electric Power Products and Solutions vice-president Farokh Ghadially said: “The automotive industry has been electrified with possibilities this year, with new vehicles, greater charging solutions and innovative technology setting the path for enthusiastic customers across Australia.

"Working with JET Charge and Nissan at the leading edge of EV design and solutions, we are proud that our technology is bringing EV charging solutions to more Australians than ever.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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