Nissan is currently offering $15,000 to any companies/groups/organizations/etc that are able to get publicly available quick-charging stations for EVs — utilizing the CHAdeMO standard — up and running before December 31st. The reason for only covering quick-charging stations that utilize the CHAdeMO standard is, of course, because that’s what the Nissan LEAF uses.
The EV Advantage program, as it’s known, reimburses those that install such publicly available quick-charging stations for $10,000 dollars if the station is up and running before March 31, with a $5,000 dollar bonus added on for those that have stations up and running by the end of the year.
Not a bad deal, especially when you factor in the fact that, until December 31st, there’s also still a substantial tax credit available to installers of quick-charging stations — the Federal Alternative Fuel Infrastructure tax credit covers 30% of the installation costs of quick-charging stations up to $30,000.
Green Car Reports has more:
Nissan’s senior manager of corporate communications, Brian Brockman, said the infrastructure incentive is offered across the country, but only in regions that have either high levels of Leaf ownership already or “where we see growth coming” in electric car sales.
Asked to name areas that would qualify, he quickly reeled off Portland (and other parts of Oregon), Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, and St Louis as some likely candidates.
The company looks for proposals that site quick-charging stations within a quarter-mile of areas that are either residential–especially near multiple dwellings–or where people customarily stop for periods of time. Those could include retail outlets, restaurants, office buildings, churches, hospitals, and other institutions, Brockman said.
According to Nissan, the total cost of installing a CHAdeMO quick-charging station — including the charger unit, materials, labor, and electric supply — typically hovers somewhere right around $40,000 dollars. That means that, with the $15,000 from Nissan and the $12,000 from the Federal 30% credit, the installer costs will only end up being about $13,000 — not that bad at all… though, how well such stations will actually monetize remains to be seen.