Nissan increasing European presence

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By the end of the year, Nissan plans on increasing the number of European dealerships carrying the Nissan Leaf by ten times, to 1,000 dealers total. Nissan is also aiming to have the Nissan Leaf available in 24 European markets by 2013. These plans are part of Nissan’s efforts to boost Leaf sales overseas.

Nissan will have 700 dealerships selling the Nissan Leaf by the end of April, with the additional 300 dealerships coming later in the year. Nissan will be installing charging stations in all 1000 of the dealerships, and will be providing 400 quick charge stations to communities. The quick chargers cost over $10,000 US and can recharge the Nissan Leaf to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes.

Nissan is also planning to start battery pack production in June in the United Kingdom. Nissan will be working with it’s sister company Renault to develop a program where Leaf owners will be able to resell their car’s batteries once their capacity has depleted. The battery packs will be used as power storage devices for the power grid.

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