The Japanese automaker is trying to boost the demand of its electric Leaf model by expanding the free program in three more locations in the United States.
Nissan is trying to revive the sales of its electric Leaf and allures its customers by offering free charging. Company’s “No Charge to Charge” program has been introduced in late 2014 in the United States, giving 24 months of complimentary public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Leaf. Nissan has announced the promotion has officially arrived in three more markets: New York, Philadelphia and Santa Barbara. The program is now available in 26 cities throughout the country and each charging session in the “No Charge to Charge” program is limited to 30 minutes if the car is plugged into a fast charge station and to an hour at a Level 2 station. Owners can find free chargers eligible via the LEAF EZ-Charge application.
Nissan has a massive task ahead trying to stimulate demand for the Leaf, as there are quite challenging times for “green-friendly” cars, with gas selling at around 2 dollars per gallon in most of the US. According to researcher Autodata, only 102,600 plug-in electrics were sold last year in the United States, marking a 17 percent decline compared with the previous year. Therefore, the forecasts deliveries of hybrids and electric vehicles are not encouraging. Nissan’s Leaf sales in the country in 2015 plunged with 42.8 percent from 30,200 units in 2014 to 17,269 last year.
The 2016 model has a starting price of 26,700 dollars after the federal tax credit of 7,500 dollars for the SV model and 29,290 dollars for SL version after the incentive. The entry S model, equipped with a 24 kWh battery and reporting a range of 84 miles, starts from $21,510 dollars.