Nissan And NRG eVgo Experiment With Free Charging In Texas*
Nissan announced today that they will be offering free charging at NRG eVgo stations (*) to all new LEAF buyers in the Dallas-Fort Worth and greater Houston areas.
Nissan states that the Dallas-Fort Worth area is “one of the fastest growing markets” for the company, with sales up over 500% this year.
And yes, there is an asterisk (*) in both our story title and in the fine print of Nissan’s new “No Charge to Charge” program.
This is not like the Tesla Supercharger network – where when you buy a Model S you also receive a lifetime of free energy. In this case, Nissan is offer all the charging you can stand for 1 year. Not as good, but still better than nothing at all.
- 23 locations in Dallas-Fort Worth
- 17 locations in the Houston area
NRG statement on their eVgo Freedom stations:
“…conveniently located along major roadways, offer electric car drivers DC fast charging and Level 2 charging. DC fast chargers can deliver up to an 80% charge in less than 30 minutes. Level 2 chargers deliver range at a rate of 12 – 25 miles per hour. Most sites are available 24/7 and are positioned near retail stores as well as restaurants to provide the option to shop or eat while charging.”
Erik Gottfried, who is Nissan’s director of EV Sales and Marketing also added his own note on the new program:
“Nissan LEAF owners who already subscribe to NRG eVgo’s Freedom Station network rave about the convenience and increased range confidence it provides. Adding one of the country’s most innovative charging plans to the world’s best-selling electric car is a clear win for Nissan LEAF buyers.”
Nissan says they will offer the “No Charge to Charge” program with all new acquisitions of the Nissan LEAF made between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 “at all certified Nissan LEAF dealers in the Dallas-Fort Worth and greater Houston area markets.”