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Nissan & GE to team up on EV infrastructure

Nissan and General Electric (GE) today announced a three-year agreement that will see the pair research the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the US.
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As Nissan prepares to launch its Leaf electric vehicle, the two companies will work to build "smart" charging stations that will communicate with electricity supply companies to regulate the strain on power grids.

With US homes operating on a 110-volt system, utility companies and Nissan are working with home and business owners to install 220-volt charging points that will charge electric vehicles more quickly.

"Together with Nissan, we will take a comprehensive look at what technologies will be needed in the car, on the grid, and at home or work to make smart charging a reality," said Mark Little, director of GE Global Research.

Nissan and GE said specific details on future projects under the partnership will be revealed over the coming months.

Nissan will debut its electric Leaf hatch in Japan later this year with European and US markets to follow shortly thereafter. When fully charged the Leaf's batteries allow it 160-kilometre cruising range, Nissan says.