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Ricker’s Indianapolis Nissan Leaf Charging

March 20, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

C-Store Operator Teams with Nissan for DC Fast EV Charging,
50-Kilowatt Signet Units Supplied by Green Power Technology

Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” offer for the Leaf battery electric car has been extended to metropolitan Indianapolis, with nine DC fast charge units hosted by the Ricker’s chain of convenience stores, and three at local Simon Property malls.

Ricker Oil founder Jay Ricker (left) with Indiapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and 50-kilowatt Signet DC fast charger at Friday's opening event.

Ricker Oil founder Jay Ricker (left) with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and 50-kilowatt Signet DC fast charger – and Nissan Leaf car – at Friday’s ‘No Charge to Charge’ opening event.

The 50-kilowatt DC fast chargers are supplied by Nashville’s Green Power Technology, U.S. distributor for the Korea-made EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment). They are networked by Greenlots.

Indianapolis is now the 14th U.S. market for Nissan’s No Charge to Charge program. Customers who purchase or lease a new Nissan Leaf beginning on April 1 will enjoy complimentary charging at the Indianapolis locations for two years.

Most EV Charging Yet at a Fueling Chain

The deal with Ricker’s makes for “the largest city-wide deployment of EV chargers at a chain of fueling stations in the U.S.,” Nissan says.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard attended a kickoff ceremony on Friday.

“Our desire to deliver a quality product in a clean and friendly environment is a top priority for us,” Ricker Oil president and CEO Quinn Ricker said in a Nissan release. “Through our partnership with Nissan, we are thrilled to be able to provide electric charging stations at no cost and be among the largest providers of electric charging stations in America.”

‘Lead the Charge’

Indianapolis Mayor Ballard, Nissan noted, “has led the charge to bring more electric cars to the city. In addition to championing an all-electric car-sharing service, Ballard signed an executive order making Indianapolis the first major city in the United States to pledge to convert its entire municipal non-police fleet to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2025. (F&F, October 28)

“The city’s plug-in fleet – which includes the all-electric Leaf – now numbers more than 100, with plans to add 325 additional plug-in vehicles in 2015,” Nissan said.

‘Bold Steps’

“We are taking bold steps to reduce our city’s oil dependence,” Ballard said in the Nissan-Ricker’s announcement. “Growing our citywide network of EV charging stations is important as we transition the city’s entire fleet off foreign oil and work with residents to increase their access to electric vehicles.”

Green Power Technology has supplied more than 150 Signet DC fast chargers in North America, company president Jerry Reich told F&F.

In addition to Signet and Greenlots, Nissan employs chargers and network connections from suppliers including eVgo, CarCharging-Blink, and AeroVironment, says spokesman Brian Brockman.

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