Nashville Mapco/BP gets a Nissan Fast Charge Unit

MapcoNashvilleDCFC

Nissan DC Fast Charge unit at a gas station. Yay!!

Mapco DCFC

Mapco DCFC

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!

Hooked up, the cable is just long enough, park to the right of the parking space

Hooked up, the cable is just long enough, park to the right of the parking space

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.

Sincerely,
Laurie
Speedway LLC Customer Service

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11 Responses to Nashville Mapco/BP gets a Nissan Fast Charge Unit

  1. protomech says:

    I added that station to plugshare.. I’m curious if any other Mapcos in town have charging equipment. There’s one in Antioch that has a Blink QC and J1772 EVSE.

    • jpwhitehome says:

      Thanks for adding that to Plugshare!! I added an entry to Recargo as well.

      There is a Mapco with Blink DCFC in Franklin, its on Plugshare also. I think this is the first with Nissan Branded unit. I wonder if it will become part of the ‘no charge to charge’ program they are introducing summer this year?

  2. clshores says:

    How long does this 80% charge take if your car is say almost empty?

    • jpwhitehome says:

      It will take between 20-30 minutes to achieve an 80% charge. The first 50% will be very quick, then it tapers off in speed. If you only need 50% you maybe done in 10 minutes.

  3. Steve Hinkle says:

    I just noticed the Green Hills Y now has a quick charger installed by Nissan but it doesn’t appear to be operational. Do you know anything about that charger and Nissan’s plans.

    • jpwhitehome says:

      Nissan are curiously silent about all the new installs they are doing. Maybe they are waiting until the ‘no charge to charge’ program is launched this summer.

      If you don’t mind sending me a picture of the unit I can put a marker on the plugshare map and recargo map. I can doa blog entry as well to advertise it.

      Thanks for being an EV scout and for the intelligence information 🙂

      JP
      jpwhite3@bellsouth.net

  4. John Arnesen says:

    There are fast chargers at 7 Mapco stations in the greater Nashville area. 1 in Hendersonville, 2 in Nashville, 1 in Antioch, 1 in Franklin, 1 in Brentwood, and 1 in Murfreesboro. You can grab a bite to eat at each of these locations whle you are charging.

    • jpwhitehome says:

      Thanks for the update!! Where in Brentwood and Hendersonville are the Quick Chargers?

      • John Arnesen says:

        Moores Lane by Home Depot in Brentwood and Main St. just off of Viet Nam Vets in Hendersonville at the big Mapco on the corner.

  5. John Arnesen says:

    The unit at the Green Hills YMCA is up and running.

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