Nissan Motor Co., whose operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing, will support installation of more than 100 DC quick chargers at LEAF-certified dealers in 21 automotive markets nationwide in an effort to speed the infrastructure of electric vehicle charging stations and build consumer awareness of the all-electric Nissan LEAF capabilities.

This quick charging initiative follows a 24-dealer pilot program, which Nissan rolled out at dealerships in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and Seattle. During the pilot, Nissan studied the frequency of use for the chargers and the impact that charging has on the dealer's operations.

According to Nissan, since the pilot began, about 5,600 charging sessions have taken place, with each location averaging about 4.5 sessions per day. That figure has been steadily on the rise as awareness has increased. Over the period of June 21-July 1, the number of charging sessions increased about 12.5 percent compared to the previous two-week period.

Installation of new chargers will begin in east coast markets, starting this summer. By April 1, 2014, Nissan expects to have quick chargers installed and operational at 100 additional dealerships.

Nissan's charging partner AeroVironment will supply the quick chargers and will provide installation services for nearly all of the new quick charging units.

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