Nissan Offers Free Charging for Leaf Owners

Nissan is making electric vehicle ownership a little more attractive with its “No Charge to Charge” program, which will provide 2014 Nissan Leaf owners with two years of free public charging thanks to an all-access EZ-Charge card.

This promotion will launch starting July 1 in the Nissan Leaf’s 10 top markets—San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Fr. Worth, Houston, and Washington D.C.—which on their own make up 80 percent of all Nissan Leaf sales. Leaf buyers in these markets will receive an EZ-Charge card which provides free access to public chargers that are part of the ChargePoint, Blink, AeroVironment, and NRG eVgo networks.

Public charging typically carries a per hour cost and sometimes requires a membership card to use, so this promotion should make it much easier and cheaper for Leaf owners to juice up their cars on the go. After the initial rollout, Nissan plans to offer the free EZ-Charge card in at least 15 more markets over the course of the next year. Buyers who purchased their Nissan Leaf any time after April 1, 2014, also receive an EZ-Charge card.

The 2014 Nissan Leaf EV carries a starting price of $29,830. It has an EPA-estimated electric range of 84 miles, and its lithium-ion battery pack receive up to an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes at public charging stations with the optional quick charge port. Otherwise, a full charge takes around five hours using a 240-volt outlet.

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