The "No Charge to Charge" program has taken Nissan LEAF buyers into new realms of freedom as it offers public charging access free of charge to those who buy a LEAF in select areas. Now available in fifteen markets, the program has entered Denver, Colorado to put an added jolt into LEAF sales.
Unbeknownst to most people, the Denver Metro Area is a large sales point for electric vehicles and is one of the key markets for the LEAF's growth nationally. Areas such as Denver, Boulder, Loveland, and other parts of north-central Colorado are a hub of EV buying. Denver's own mayor drives an electrified vehicle and the Tesla Motors showrooms there are a hub for regional sales in several states. Several EV startups offering their own take on electric transportation and aftermarket add-ons are also based in the Denver area. So it's a natural place for Nissan to go with their free charging network offer.
"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."
"No Charge to Charge" launched at Nissan LEAF dealers in the Denver market on June 2. 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.
When Torque News was in nearby Fort Collins, Colorado - another key market for EV sales in Colorado - we spoke with a LEAF owner who puts nearly 100 miles per day on his little electric car. "It's replacing two tanks of gas a week in the minivan I drove before," he says. "I drive to work and then come here [to the charging station where we spoke to him] at lunch and charge while I eat." He was planning to add another LEAF to his garage this year and this new program may provide the incentive for him to do so sooner than later.
There's a lot of reason to do so. The starting price for a Nissan LEAF in Colorado is about $16,348 after maximum federal and state tax credits are subtracted. That's just a couple of thousand dollars more than a base priced Nissan Versa, the best-selling subcompact which shares some similarities with the LEAF. Plus, like the Versa, the LEAF is made in the U.S., batteries and all.
Those interested in the "No Charge to Charge" program can visit EZ-Charge.com to find out where eligible stations are located.