Today Nissan said it has planted New Orleans’ first DC quick charger at Rouses Market in the downtown region of the city.
The public charger can zap a Leaf “from zero to 80 percent in about 30 minutes,” says Nissan.
Of course, most drivers won’t be at absolute “zero” charge unless they coincide the depletion of their batteries with rolling up to the charger, but the point is, as the name implies, the charger is quick.
Unlike a 240-volt level 2 charger that uses AC power, the DC charger doubles this and sends direct current to the DC battery enabling effective range extension during the day.
“Installing a quick charger at a popular location like Rouses Market helps to educate consumers about the benefits of owning an EV, and it builds additional range confidence for EV drivers,” said Brendan Jones, Nissan’s director of EV Sales Operations and Infrastructure Deployment. “The adoption rate of EVs outpaces that of hybrids during the first three years in the market, which is why it’s a priority for Nissan to increase charging infrastructure in communities where Leaf drivers live and work.”
Rouses Market on Baronne Street in downtown New Orleans had an unveiling ceremony for the new charger today attended by the store’s staff.
Perhaps the store will get some extra business with Leaf drivers hanging around recharging? Probably, but like Nissan, the store put things in more civic-minded terms.
“We’re committed to creating a strong downtown New Orleans and a sustainable, local environment in every market we serve,” said Donny Rouse, third-generation managing partner, Rouses Markets. “EV owners now have a place to charge while they shop downtown. I am hopeful that they will inspire other customers to look for ways to lower their environmental impact, like using alternatives to fuel and buying local foods.”