Nissan and leading European utility and electrical vehicle supply equipment companies are to speed the development of cheaper, smaller, quick chargers for electric vehicle batteries.
The partnership is also expected to accelerate the installation of publicly available Quick Charge (QC) points across Europe.
This agreement between Nissan, Circutor, DBT, Efacec, Endesa and Siemens is expected to reduce the price of the units by over half to less than €10,000 (£8,700).
It is expected that this will make it practical for service stations, car park operators and retail outlets to install quick chargers and run them profitably.
This will mean QC-enabled vehicles could use their car for longer journeys and recharge the car’s battery to 80 per cent capacity in less that half an hour.
As a result, it is expected that there will now be thousands of QCs across Europe by the end of 2012, and tens of thousands by 2015.