Nissan North America is launching a low-cost DC quick charger for electric cars.

The charger is part of a global collaboration with Sumitomo Corporation with first installations planned for early 2012.

Nissan North America’s home charging station partner AeroVironment will be the wholesale and retail distributor and installer. 

The new DC quick charger can support all plug-in vehicles capable of quick charging using the CHAdeMO Charge to Move standard, including Nissan’s own Leaf which is sold in the US with a quick-charging port.

The starting price for the charger will be US$9,900, about a third of the cost of current models.

The quick charger will come in two different versions: one for indoor use, designed to help accommodate fleets such as daily rental cars; and an outdoor model, which is specifically designed for public and commercial charging uses – such as public spaces, corporate campuses, and retail centres.

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The new charger retains the high performance of current quick chargers but is nearly half the size – making for a more compact footprint and easier installation.

It operates on 480v and charging time for a Leaf will be under 30 minutes to 80% charged.