Minneapolis-St. Paul Added To Nissan’s No-Charge-To-Charge LEAF Program

2 years ago by Mark Kane 6

Can You Spot The Exterior Changes In The 2016 Nissan LEAF?

2016 Nissan LEAF charging

2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

Nissan just added the Twin Cities – Minneapolis-St. Paul into its “No Charge to Charge” promotion as the 22nd market.

New LEAF buyers will be able to charge from participating public networks for free for two years (check charging map on the bottom).

“Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” promotion has officially arrived in Minneapolis-St. Paul, providing new Nissan LEAF buyers two years of complimentary public charging with the purchase of the all-electric car from LEAF-certified dealers in the Twin Cities region.

Andrew Speaker, director, Electric Vehicle (EV) Sales & Marketing, Nissan said:

“Nissan LEAF is an attractive option for Minneapolis-St. Paul car shoppers — in addition to the $7,500 federal tax credit, LEAF buyers can enjoy two years of free public charging. Those benefits, combined with the significantly lower operating costs and zero spending on gas, make owning an all-electric vehicle a cost-effective and convenient choice.”

Nissan now offers “No Charge to Charge” in 22 markets for the Nissan LEAF:

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
  6. Denver, CO
  7. Fresno, CA
  8. Houston, TX
  9. Indianapolis, IN
  10. Los Angeles, CA
  11. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  12. Monterey, CA
  13. Nashville, TN
  14. Phoenix, AZ
  15. Portland, OR
  16. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  17. Sacramento, CA
  18. Salt Lake City, UT
  19. San Diego, CA
  20. San Francisco, CA
  21. Seattle, WA
  22. Washington, DC

Learn more about EZ-Charge here.

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6 responses to "Minneapolis-St. Paul Added To Nissan’s No-Charge-To-Charge LEAF Program"

  1. Scott says:

    Just threw 3 Kat’s battery heaters on my Leaf for the winter as our Leaf sleeps outside in Colorado. This is a necessity if you northerners want more than 25 miles of range below 0 degrees F. (For an S model. Expect more from the bigger 30kwh SV & SL.)

    BTW, the heaters work great on an outdoor timer. Takes 2.5 hours to warm that giant pack up to 4 temp bars 🙂

    1. TimE says:

      How do you come up with “25 miles of range below 0 degrees F”?

      I lived in Minnesota with my 2013 Leaf through one winter – and even on days that were -20F to -30F actual temp (not wind chill) – I could still reasonable go 50 miles or so and still get back with 15-20% battery (enough of a buffer to feel comfortable). Given – my car was parked overnight in a garage that stayed about 40F – but I started those 50 mile drives with a short 7 mile drive to work then my car sat outside all day until 6 in the evening when the other 43 miles would be driven, and most of the driving was 55 MPH speed limits. Even as such – I would always expect at least 40 miles or more at 65 MPH at those very few and rare super cold temperature days while still having enough buffer to get home reasonably. You mentioned the S model – but the difference in the heating between the S/SV/SL doesn’t apply when temperatures drop below about 10F – they all kick in the resistance heater at that point regardless.

      1. Michael says:

        I live in Minneapolis and have had a 2012 Leaf SV for the last 3 years, and just leased a new 2016 SV yesterday. It’s only been -20 for one trip that I’ve taken in that time and I barely eeked out 30 miles of range with 5 miles in capacity when I returned from my round trip with the heater on less than half of that trip. So while 25 miles of range might be a little pessimistic it’s not that far off, but most of the winter is 40-50 miles of range even when the temperature is 0-10F out.

        I’m looking forward to seeing how the 2016 SV will work out and I’m happy to see the no charge to charge promotion finally hitting our market

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Wait up, there is some odd things here.

          I’ve had a 2015 out in the winter north of Timmons, Ontario (which is a wicked cold place to be in January/February), and we are talking -30C (-21F) being common and hitting -40C (-40F) few times…even a couple go rounds with the windchill bringing it close to – 50C (-58F). Basically, unless your address is in Alaska, as an American you have not felt this kind of cold. (I spend ~8+ months in Canada, rest in US)

          Full heat blast, absolute worst result was ~35 miles on the 24kWh pack. Which is incredibly low miles, but also a cold that few humans will ever experience.

          -20F (-28C) is a reality in my neck of the woods for a couple months at a time, and I have driven 70 km (44 miles) almost every day of the week over the past 5 winters (of note, leaving from a heated garage, but then out in the elements before the leg home)…and always have at least 2 bars left.

          If you getting only 25 miles at 0F, they only way to do that would be to pin it at 90mph the whole time.

          1. Michael says:

            Perhaps one issue is that we don’t drive our leaf a lot every day, so on that drip the temperature gauge was literally 0 bars (also kept in a detached garage). If you drive 44 miles a day from heated garage, and time the charging right, you might be keeping the battery temp at 2-3 bars.

            1. Jay Cole says:

              Unfamiliarity with extreme winter driving is certainly a possibility. The older LEAFs resistive heaters tack on a big penalty too. I had a 2011 LEAF and you could easy blow a quarter of your range on the usage, especially if you like to be toasty. The heat pump (especially starting from a garage) is a decent advantage/upgrade.

              Another possibility is “knowing” you only need to go 25-30 miles and thus driving the heck out of the car knowing you don’t need more. In these types of scenarios you could get it down to 2 bars of capacity without much trouble.

              ie) 75 mph … why drive conservatively (~50 mph) if you know it is not needed

              I should have said “heated”-ish garage for my trips, it can still be below freezing in there, lol. On cold days, usually will have 2 bars on the battery…the return trip can be zero/one. Overnight, the car will be charging at the back, so it is just completing the charge maybe an ~hour before I leave. Starting from zero is a big penalty because you can forget about any regen at all.

              I don’t want to be dishonest, being prepared and setting yourself up to succeed has to be part of the plan if you want 50 miles when it is over -20F out, lol.