Nissan Free Public Charging For New LEAF Buyers Now Available In Chicago

NOV 20 2014 BY MARK KANE 5

Nissan LEAF charging inlets

Nissan LEAF charging inlets

November is the right time to buy a Nissan LEAF in Chicago area as Nissan just added Chicago as 12th market in its “No Charge to Charge” promotion.

24-months of free access to charging points (1-hour for L2 AC, and 30-minutes for DC quick chargers) will be granted to all who bought a new LEAF since November 1.

“With “No Charge to Charge,” new LEAF buyers can enjoy added range confidence with free access to fast chargers** spread throughout Chicagoland at retail stores, tollway oases and other convenient locations for drivers. As part of the promotion, LEAF drivers will also enjoy free one-hour charging sessions at more than 140 level 2 (240 volt) charging stations**.”

On the “No Charge to Charge” website we spot approximately 70 charging points (see map below), but maybe the data isn’t not current.

Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure Strategy stated:

“Nissan LEAF is an attractive option for Chicago car buyers for a number of reasons, such as the available Illinois Alternative Fuels Rebate of up to $4,000* and significantly lower operating costs than a gas-powered car. Adding free public fast charging in Chicagoland gives Nissan LEAF an even greater competitive edge over other vehicles, regardless of their fuel source.”

“No Charge to Charge” markets:

  1. San Francisco
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Sacramento
  4. San Diego
  5. Seattle
  6. Portland, Oregon
  7. Nashville
  8. Phoenix
  9. Dallas-Ft. Worth,
  10. Houston
  11. Washington, D.C.
  12. Chicago
No Charge to Charge in Chicago

No Charge to Charge in Chicago

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5 Comments on "Nissan Free Public Charging For New LEAF Buyers Now Available In Chicago"

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Beware the fine letters.

For example, ChargePoint in its infinite benevolence, “agrees” to have your Nissan-subsidized EZ Charge card connected to its system.

But it will charge you $$ nonetheless. No free lunch with them, rather the contrary: on your very first charging session they will set you back $25. Presumably if you ever lose or shred that card, or disconnect it, you can ask for the balance. But meanwhile they’re celebrating on your cash.

Brian Henderson

The title is a bit misleading …
“Nissan FREE Public Charging For New LEAF Buyers …”

“No Charge to Charge” (NC2C) does require purchase, or lease of a LEAF, so NOT really FREE. NC2C is only available at participating EVSE network providers and host locations. Best to check Plugsharecom , or … best to verify before using.

Don’t take this as a negative as there are good benifits to the program. One of the most convienent things is the availability of the EZ-Card which removes need to have access cards for each local network to access an EVSE. It allows linking various network account to just one card, easing card stress in your wallet. BTW: The EZ-Card is available to all LEAF owners, just expect normal fees to apply when charging.

While NC2C program is offered to new LEAF drivers, it is a program that is not owner, or managed by Nissan. The administration and management are being handled by NRG (eVgo). A useful point should you have suggestions, or an issue. See for contact info.

More details on Chicago NC2C:

Ocean Railroader

There was a story about this Chicago Charging network that Inside EV’s could write a story on. In that the originally owners of these Level 3 chargers got invented by the government for stealing tax payer money after putting 17 chargers in instead of the 70 they said they where going to built in Chicago five years ago.

What happened recently though was the these chargers where sold to EVgo who has replaced and repaired a lot of them. And now EVgo said they want to build the 70 chargers in the proposed network by next year.

What’s going on now is EVgo is going to open up a few new Level 3 chargers every few weeks in this area.

Rick Danger

Nice of them NOT to include Atlanta, one of their biggest markets.
But they made sure to get Phoenix in there, which has to be a poor sales market after the hot battery fiasco.

James B.

Also missing is Austin whose utility sells 6 month unlimited charging for $25… So Nissan could get it for a measly $100 here.