Published on July 10th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro3
Nissan Launches “No Charge to Charge” Program For LEAF Buyers
One of the biggest benefits of driving an electric car is the low cost of refueling, which in a car like the Nissan LEAF generally runs between $2 and $4 from an in-home charger. Out in public though, you’re at the mercy of privately-run charging stations that often cost a whole lot more. Until now.
Nissan has expended its “No Charge to Charge” Program, offering new Nissan LEAF buyers two years of free charging from over 2,600 public charging stations in 10 major metro areas. Now going electric has gotten even cheaper.
Nissan recently expanded its CHAdeMO fast-charging network, adding over 500 stations in the past 18 months and bringing the total number to well over 600 stations. This new network of free fast chargers is Nissan’s way of competing with the Tesla Supercharger network, which offers fast, free charging with the purchase of a properly-equipped Model S.
The “No Charge to Charge” program originally launched in Texas in April and proved very popular, leading to the wider rollout. Going forward, Nissan will offer new LEAF buyers two years of free charging at Chargepoint, CarCharging, Blink, AeroVironment, and NRG eVgo EV charging stations in the San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Oregon., Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston and Washington, D.C. areas. Nissan plans to expand the program to 15 additional markets next year, building up its own nationwide network of fast chargers to compete with Tesla. Nissan is also reportedly talking to Tesla about sharing its Supercharger technology, which could help usher in an all-new era of fast-charging EVs across America. And for LEAF buyers, it means even more savings compared to their old combustion cars, which makes it a win-win for everyone.