Program to reach 80 percent of sales market
Nissan announced this week the intention of offering free charging for two years to everyone that purchases or leases a new LEAF. Ultimately the program will reach 25 U.S. markets covering 80 percent of LEAFs sold.
The heart of the program is an all-access card that will allow the holder to charge with no cost at equipment provided by several charging networks. Current participants include ChargePoint, Blink Network, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo. This is akin to using one card to access different brands of gas stations. The combined charge stations available are over 45,000 and counting. The vast majority are Level 2, or 240 volt charge stations but all of the participating networks also offer Level 3 DC quick charging capability.
This program will launch on July 1, 2014 in ten of the top LEAF markets including San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston and Washington, DC. The program will be retroactive to those individuals that acquired their LEAFs on or after April 1, 2014. The fifteen additional markets will be added over the next twelve months with more information about each market made available is it gets closer to their launch date.
Save thousands each year
One of the largest costs of vehicle ownership is the cost to fuel it. As long as Nissan offers this program one only need lease a LEAF every two years to eliminate that cost. Tesla sees the value in providing this service as new Tesla Model S owners with the large 85 kWh battery pack can charge for free at Tesla’s Supercharger network. Those buyers that opt for the smaller 60 kWh battery can option it up for $2,000 when ordered or $2,500 after delivery for the same capability. Many gasoline vehicle drivers pay more than that each year to fuel their rig. The difference between the two manufacturer’s programs is that the Tesla Supercharger network is really only useful for long distance traveling (unless you happen to live near a Tesla Supercharger station as there are only 85 currently), while the Nissan “No Charge to Charge” program will likely offer many stations near your home or office.
The introduction of Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” program is yet another way that Nissan is promoting the still small but growing electric vehicle (EV) market. This program, combined with the ever growing charging network itself, is a compelling reason to consider purchasing a LEAF if you or someone you know has been on the fence.