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.
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.
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.”