Andy Palmer, who heads up Nissan's global planning and programme development and is based in Tokyo, believes that service stations could be the answer for a charging station infrastructure.
He said: "There is a great opportunity for service stations up and down the country. They don't make their money from selling petrol or diesel, but from the coffee and other goods they sell on the forecourt shops. What an opportunity to have a captive audience for 15 or 20 minutes while they give their battery a quick charge."
300 Nissan LEAF electric cars have been sold in the UK since the launch earlier this year, with around the same number in the system.
Palmer continued: "34% of B segment buyers never drive more than 100kms and for them there is no better car to buy once you factor in the government rebates. For those who do need longer journeys we need to think a lot more about charging infrastructure. In Japan there already 200 quick-charge points which means you are never more than 40kms away from one."
He also pointed out that Nissan UK dealers can offer Nissan LEAF customers a petrol or diesel cars for up to seven days a year if they need to make longer journeys, but the offer has seen little take up.Published 8 July 2011