Nissan plans to start selling a new lower cost quick charger for electric-vehicles starting in November.
The new charger will need about 30 minutes to recharge the battery of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle to 80 percent capacity. That is similar to the existing chargers.
But the Japanese carmaker said the new device, which initially will only be sold in Japan, is half the size of the old one. It will also retail at "significantly less" than 1 million yen, compared with 1.47 million yen for the current-generation charger.
Nissan said it hopes to sell 5,000 of the new units by March 2016. It also plans to sell the systems in Europe and the US but didn't set a timetable for this.
Reducing the time it takes to recharge an EV battery is important in the industry's efforts to attract new customers. With the range of the average EV little more than 100km, automakers want to assure potential buyers that recharging can be achieved relatively quickly.
Next to Nissan, Volvo and other car companies are also working on systems that give future EV owners a quick-recharge option.
According to Nissan, it takes 7 hours to fully recharge an empty Nissan Leaf battery at 220 volts. Using 110 volt current, it can take as long as 20 hours.