Nissan is adding another city to its all-electric LEAF free charging promotion. Tuesday, the automaker launched its “No Charge to Charge” program for Denver area car buyers. It basically offers new Nissan LEAF buyers two years complimentary public charging when purchased from a LEAF-certified dealer in the Denver market.
“Nissan LEAF is an attractive option for Denver car buyers because it is fun to drive and offers significantly lower operating costs when compared to a gas-powered car,” said Andrew Speaker, director, Electric Vehicle (EV) Sales & Marketing, Nissan. “EV charging infrastructure continues to grow in Denver, and access to free public charging for new LEAF buyers helps make owning an all-electric vehicle even more cost-effective and convenient.”
The promotion includes access to fast chargers that can charge a LEAF battery pack from empty to 80 percent in about 30 minutes, as well as level 2 (240V) chargers spread throughout the Denver area.
Nissan now offers “No Charge to Charge” in 16 U.S. markets, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston and Washington, D.C. Nissan plans to offer the program at LEAF dealers in a total of at least 25 U.S. markets later this year.
With more than 175,000 global sales and more than 78,000 in the U.S., Nissan says the LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric car. This is despite a dip in sales this year. LEAF boasts an EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles on a fully-charged battery and MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined.
Meanwhile, Nissan will reportedly upgrade its battery before the next-generation model arrives. The top of the range could get a 30-kWh battery pack for the 2016 model year, while the entry-level ‘S’ package will retain the current 24-kWh module. The report suggests the 25-percent boost in battery capacity will bring the EPA-estimated driving distance up from 84 miles to 105-110 miles.
LEAF sales were down 23 percent for the first four months of the year, as Nissan faced more competition from newer segment rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf and Chevrolet Spark EV. Offering an upgraded battery is viewed as a way to fill the gap between the current model and the next-generation Leaf, which isn’t due on the road until late 2017.
The next-generation model is expected to effectively double driving range to more than 200 miles as it takes on even more competitors, including the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3.
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