Nissan And NRG eVgo Experiment With Free Charging In Texas*

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Nissan LEAF Gets A Free Charge At An eVgo Station

Nissan LEAF Gets A Free Charge At An eVgo Station

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 And eVgo Have Said They Will Team Up To Help Bring More Than 500 Quick Chargers To The US

Nissan And eVgo Have Said They Will Team Up To Help Bring More Than 500 Quick Chargers To The US

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.

Nissan and eVgo actually have a fairly extensive infrastructure in these areas, so we can see this program expanding to other regions if successful:
  • 23 locations in Dallas-Fort Worth
  • 17 locations in the Houston area
Nissan And NRG eVgo Bring Free Fast Charging For LEAFs To Texas

Nissan And NRG eVgo Bring Free Fast Charging For LEAFs To Texas

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.”

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7 responses to "Nissan And NRG eVgo Experiment With Free Charging In Texas*"

  1. gigglehertz says:

    I so called this when Nissan loaned Ecotality money recently, that they’d experiment with their own charger network. I think this is the only viable way forward since nobody seems to be making money reselling electricity, and the complete lack of infrastructure across most of the nation is limiting vehicle sales. Nissan should just buy out all the Chademo stations in the US and rebrand them as Nissan quick chargers and make them free (or charge a modest subscription fee or something just to cover electricity and maintenance)

    1. Thomas J. Thias says:

      Yes you did so call this, gigglehertz.

      However, “[…] the complete lack of infrastructure across most of the nation is limiting vehicle sales.[…]”

      WHAT?

      The Feds tell us that 73% of us commute less then 32 miles a day. L1 Charging in the home, work, farm, camp ground, school, office, hotel, motel overnight or during the work day returns 38 to 45 miles+ of range back into an EVs battery, for bout a buck a day!

      With north of 1.5 Billion 110V AC outlets in North America we have been EV Charging ready for decades!

      Me- 15,000 a year driving, 4 hours overnight at home, 3 1/2 hours till charging stops at my office.

      http://www.voltstats.net/Stats/Details/1068

      Take this gas and shove it!3

      ps. use these hastags# #PlugNPlay #PlugNStay

      #PlugNPayNoWay

      Best-

      Thomas J. Thias

      517-622-6081

      Twitter- @AmazingChevVolt

      1. Marshal G says:

        I can tell you without exception all my coworkers say they’d consider getting an affordable EV that had 2x the range of my Leaf but there are very few public chargers. When you live in multifamily housing (and there’s more than a few of us around you know) you cannot charge daily/nightly for cheap, then public charging is not psychological but a practical necessity. I offered to pay to have one installed at my complex, and pay for he electricity, and let anybody else use it for free, and the response was basically “Go f*** yourself” My town has 2 L2’s and 1 L3 which is pretty good but cannot possibly handle more than the early adopters (I’m already routinely getting Leaf blocked) There are large areas of the country where there are NONE, and I’m sure a lot of prospective buyers are thinking the same thing my coworkers are. Take a look at where the Leaf is selling well, then compare that with a map of public chargers. If you are interested in mass adoption of EV’s then you should care about infrastructure.

        It’s awesome that your employer lets you charge at work but you should know you are in the extreme minority.

        “The Feds tell us that 73% of us commute less then 32 miles a day”

        Then why did you feel the need to have gas engine in your car (Volt)?
        It doesn’t matter how far my daily commute is, I have to conserve precious power all week and charge up on the weekends at a public charger because who has time to sit in front of a Cracker Barrel or Rite Aid or an HEB or whatever on an L2 for an hour or 2 after you get off of a long shift at work?

        As for pricing, $10 for a “quick” 30 minute charge to go roughly 70 miles is really not any better than a typical 4cylindar ICE car so the free market will kill off those plans.

  2. Bloggin says:

    I checked their website. What they forget to tell you is after the free period the price goes way up.

    First instead of you installing your own L2 charger at home, they want to install and charge you $30/mo forever. If you live in an apartment or condo, it’s $40/monthly.

    DC Fast Charging at a public station is $10 per charge to top off. Or a monthly plan for L2 charging is $30/mo.

    Is there any wonder that anyone who plans to drive a full EV, will do so only if they know they can charge up with 80 mile range for $2.

  3. david murray says:

    just to clarify, you can still get L2 charging for $5 per month at public stations, which is a good deal.

  4. kdawg says:

    Hmm seems like a ploy to get you hooked…

    Maybe Nissan should just follow (join?) Tesla and offer a 1 time charge for lifetime charging. Tesla bakes it into the price of the car, but Nissan could offer it on the side. Maybe GM/BMW should be proactive on this matter as well.

    1. David Murray says:

      Here’s the problem I see with that. That works well for early adopter stage. But what happens 20 years from now when lots more people are wanting to use the chargers and everyone expects their charge to be free? They have to keep building more and more.