Most Nissan Leaf owners can charge their electric cars for free, and the Japanese automaker is continuing to develop its charging station network. With the addition of two more U.S. market areas, bringing the total number of markets to 50, the Nissan Leaf No Charge to Charge program now has stations in reach of nearly 90 percent of Leaf owners.
“Nissan is a leader in helping to build a wide-reaching charging infrastructure, and expanding our No Charge to Charge program to 50 markets is an important milestone,” said Brian Maragno, director, Nissan EV Sales and Marketing. “Not only do we offer complimentary charging for new LEAF buyers, but we have also significantly invested in growing the EV infrastructure in markets where LEAF owners live, work and play.”
With more than 95,000 vehicle sales in the U.S., the Nissan Leaf includes two years of complimentary public charging with new cars. New Leaf buyers get an EZ-Charge Full Access Card that lets them charge their car an unlimited number of times at fast chargers or Level 2 chargers.
There are almost 1,000 fast-charging stations across the U.S. in the No Charge to Charge program. Leaf owners in the 50 markets typically live no more than 10 miles from the closest fast-charge station.
According to Nissan, the public quick chargers can charge a Leaf from zero to 80 percent of a full charge in under 30 minutes. The 2016 Leaf SV and SL models are rated to travel 107 miles on a full charge, so a 30-minute charge should be good for around 80 miles.
Nissan estimates Leaf owners can save up to $1,000 in charging costs in the 24-months of free access, or $10 per charge. The costs vary by market. So far program participants have save more than $4.2 million in charging fees.
Not all Nissan fast charge stations are covered by the EZ-Charge plan. In all, there are more than 1,900 charging stations in the U.S. today, some of which are located at or close to restaurants and retail and convenience stores. The No Charge to Charge eligible chargers can be found via iOS or Android apps or at this website.