Nissan Leaf Offers 2 Years of Free Public Charging

By | April 17, 2014
Nissan has recently taken steps to make its Leaf electric vehicle more practical for everyday drivers. First, it increased the car's battery performance and slashed the base price to below $30,000. Now, Nissan has announced it will provide 2 years of free public charging to those who buy or lease a Leaf. The "No Charge to Charge" program begins July 1 in 10 select markets, including San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and Washington, D.C. Consumers in these markets who purchased or leased a Nissan Leaf on or before April 1 will retroactively be eligible for the program once it starts. Later, Nissan will extend the program to 15 additional markets. Nissan will provide Leaf owners an EZ-Charge card that gives them access to public chargers from ChargePoint, AeroVironment, NRG eVgo, and Blink Network from Car Charging Group. This will provide access to several thousands of chargers across the nation.
"Nissan's commitment to mass-market electric cars is matched by our commitment to increase charging infrastructure for Leaf owners," said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan EV Infrastructure and Strategy. "EZ-Charge is a natural progression of our multi-pronged commitment to developing EV charging at workplace campuses, at Nissan Leaf dealerships and in the communities where Leaf drivers live and work." But Nissan isn't the only one giving out free electricity. Cadillac announced a similar program for its new ELR plug-in hybrid luxury coupe. Customers who choose the ELR will have access to over 16,500 locations from ChargePoint. Tesla also offers free charging for life at its own public charging stations across the country. Source: Nissan