Saving on fuel costs has long been a key advantage of the 2014 Nissan LEAF, but now Nissan is launching a new program that will drop the amount it requires to re-charge the LEAF to exactly $0—for two years and most customers, anyway.
Nissan's "No Charge to Charge" initiative will cover the top 25 U.S. markets for sales of the 2014 Nissan LEAF, where more than 80 percent of all LEAFs are delivered, and rely on what the automaker is calling the "EZ-Charge" card. It looks like a traditional credit or debit card, but actually provides owners with two years of complimentary access to four of the nation's premier public-charging networks, including ChargePoint, Blink Network from Car Charging Group, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo. Timing-wise, the program will launch on July 1, 2014, in:
- San Francisco
- Sacramento, Calif.
- San Diego
- Portland, Ore.
- Dallas-Ft. Worth
- Washington, D.C.
But customers also should be aware that, if they've already purchased a 2014 Nissan LEAF in one of those markets, after April 1 of this year, the automaker will provide EZ-Charge cards to them retroactively. Nissan then has committed to rolling out the No Charge to Charge effort in 15 more markets during the 2015 calendar year.
The party line from Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Aftersales: “No Charge to Charge' and EZ-Charge are a winning combination, making public charging free and easy for new LEAF buyers. Public charging is an important way to provide added range confidence to EV buyers and persuade more shoppers to join the more than 110,000 LEAF drivers around the world."
And remember, also providing a significant measure of range confidence in the 2014 Nissan LEAF is its EPA-certified ability to cover 84 miles of travel on a single charge, with an efficiency rating of 126 MPGe city/101 MPG highway/114 MPGe combined.