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Nissan released a video in which the company makes a link between the early years of the automobile when there was little fuel station infrastructure and today’s early steps in building an EV charging infrastructure.
To do so, Nissan reached out to Charlie Yaeger, a 97 years old gentleman who has been driving for more than 80 years. He has driven everything from a Ford Model T to a 1916 Baker Electric, including a Nissan Maxima and the recent Leaf.
Nissan sees in Yaeger a testament to how history repeats itself. And how all change takes time. Yaeger remembers when roads were hard to come by and gas stations even more sparse.
“You had to pretty well memorize where the gas stations were and where you could get off the road and have a chance of getting back on after you repaired a tire,” said Yaeger.
It took decades before U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made it a priority to finish building infrastructure before World War II. Fast forward about 60 years to the present. Here is where Nissan sees history happening again.
Nissan has sold more than 50-thousand pure-electric LEAFs. The sales signal, according to the company, a growing need for more EV charging infrastructure.
Nissan said this evolution has fewer hardships though. Instead of memorizing gas station locations like Yaeger did, Nissan LEAF drivers can use an app on a smart phone to find the nearest charger. And instead getting slowed down struggling to change torn tires like Charlie did, LEAF drivers in some states get a fast-pass to drive in the HOV lane.
This latest electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, takes driving electric to a new level. It will be another infrastructure evolution,” said Yaeger.