Nissan have been generous deploying DC Fast Charge units to dealers all over the country, now a Nissan DC Fast Charge unit just went into a Mapco gas station location at 8th and Wedgwood in Nashville.
This is on the route to/from my workplace so I will have to stop by and see if the unit is energized and if there is a fee associated with it or not. I’ll report back here.
Update 2014-05-05: I called by and the unit is working well and is free to use! It is limited to an 80% charge like some other Nissan rapid chargers, this will discourage people parking for extended periods while they charge (the last 20% charge can take as long as the first 80%).
I spoke with the cashier and she indicated the unit has been operational since March. I asked if the unit would remain free and she referred me to the instructions on the unit for payment. I repeated it didn’t require payment to which she was surprised.
While I was charging I was asked by a motorist if the car was charging, how much does it cost, how long does it take to charge? These units at gas stations certainly do peak the interest of gasoline car drivers!
This location isn’t quite central downtown, but is close enough to be of value to many in Nashville or traveling through Nashville. The gas station is a BP stations with a Mapco Mart attached, there are several gas stations with such a partnership in the Nashville area. This year is the last for the sounds at the Greer Stadium, an awesome location for a quick charge!
If you drop by for a ‘quickie’ please be sure to visit the convenience store (don’t just sit in your car checking emails). This is to make them feel the DC Fast Charge unit is of value to them, so other Mapco’s in Nashville may get fast charging capability!! Gas stations are natural place to put quick charge units, their locations have great signage and are on well traveled routes.
In Hendersonville TN there is a new Speedway gas station going in on Main Street. I wrote to Speedway and asked them if they’d consider a Fast Charge unit while the site was still under construction and costs are at a minimum. I did get a response! Thanks Speedway, but it looked a lot like a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” response.
March 17, 2014
Dear JP White,
This is an acknowledgement of your email regarding Rapid Charge unit for electric vehicles.
I would like you to know that I have forwarded your request to the appropriate department personnel for handling.
Thank you for taking the time to write us. We are always interested in hearing from our customers whatever the reason.
Speedway LLC Customer Service
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