While in 2013 Nissan’s Leaf already achieved its best sales ever in the country, Nissan aims to keep up the pace by enticing new buyers through a plan that would see two years of free public charging.
At the moment, only ten cities would become part of the offer – which should become available since July 1st – San Francisco; Sacramento; San Diego; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Nashville; Phoenix; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston and Washington. Nissan also added it aims to add 15 more in 2015, but didn’t identify them.
“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,” said Fred Diaz, Nissan’s senior vice president for US sales.
The new EZ-Charge card program would be managed through NRG Energy’s eVgo charge network, and include use of ChargePoint, CarCharging’s Blink and AeroVironment networks public chargers.
The strategy is not new in the US, as Tesla – the electric car company that sells the luxury Model S sedan is giving away free charging through its own network of “Superchargers” to all buyers of the luxury model.
Last year, US Leaf sales achieved a record 22,610 deliveries, more than doubling from 2012, while for the first quarter of 2014 Leaf sales are also very strong, at 5,184 units.