Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” Program Expands To 10 New Markets

AUG 19 2016 BY MARK KANE 16

Nissan LEAF and CHAdeMO plug

Nissan LEAF and CHAdeMO plug

Nissan has again expanded its “No Charge to Charge” program, this time to a bunch of new markets all at once.

The current expansions includes 10 new markets, bringing the total number of areas to 48, where new LEAF owners can charge from participating public networks for free for the first two years of LEAF ownership.

The new markets are:

  • Charleston, S.C.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colorado
  • Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville/Anderson, N.C./S.C.
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Miami
  • Milwaukee
  • Palm Springs, California
  • Portland/Auburn, Maine
  • Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota, Florida

Also of interest:  As of today there is more than 800 CHAdeMO fast chargers included in the “No Charge to Charge” program.

According to Nissan, since the summer 2014, the program has saved LEAF owners $4.2 million in charging fees. Total fast charging time at units stands at around 19.4 years.

“Nissan’s partnership with multiple public charging networks provides new owners access to more than 800 participating quick public charging stations, making life with an electric vehicle (EV) easier than ever. With public charging spots conveniently located throughout each city, LEAF owners can charge their electric vehicles up to 80-percent capacity in as little as 30 minutes.”

“Like previously announced markets, new LEAF owners receive complementary public charging for an unlimited number of uses during the first 24 months of ownership. Through the “No Charge to Charge” program, customers can expect to save as much as $1,000 over the two-year period and up to $10 per charge depending on their city.”

Brian Maragno, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing said:

“The addition of these 10 new markets expands the reach of the No Charge to Charge program to 48 cities across the country. Since the program kicked off in the summer of 2014, owners have saved over $4.2 million in public charging fees.”

“All of our recent investments in expanding public quick charging have been in dual-corded equipment, providing access and availability to multiple other EV models. ‘EV Infrastructure for All’ is important to move the entire industry forward. We intend to continue our inclusive efforts to ensure all EV drivers have access to public quick charging that is open and convenient to use.”

Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” program expands to 10 new Markets

Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” program expands to 10 new Markets

Complete List of “No Charge to Charge” Cities

Los Angeles
Palm Springs
San Diego
San Francisco
Santa Barbara
Colo.Colorado Springs/Pueblo
St. Petersburg/Sarasota
Minn.Minneapolis-St. Paul
Nev.Las Vegas
New York
R.I./Mass.Providence/New Bedford
Dallas-Ft. Worth
UtahSalt Lake City
Va./Md.Washington D.C.

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16 Comments on "Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” Program Expands To 10 New Markets"

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They need EVGO to put up more charging stations. More than just 1 CCS unit for entire cities. The entire downtown LA, Hollywood area only has one Freedom station on Sunset blvd, by Trader Joes. It is becoming expected to have to wait up to an hour for others to finish before you can start.

It seems they skip over low income areas. You can see huge gaps in south central LA, east LA, etc. Seeing how LA is so prone to graffiti and vandals, it doesn’t surprise me that they skip much of LA. From business perspective, it doesn’t make sense to put them in high damage risk areas.

As for waiting, I have to wonder how many of those are locals vs distance travelers. My experience is that most (over 75%) are locals who could’ve charged at home, but using DCFC due to “no charge to make other people wait” programs by Nissan and BMW.

Maybe free charging “saves money” for the owners, but it’s certainly draining life from all those who have to wait for locals who could charge at home, but instead use DCFC and cause waits for those who really need it. Interestingly, the problem is now less with Leaf (due to poor sales?), but i3 is becoming much worse.

I understand that having to wait in line is no fun. But would you rather Nissan not invest in the charging networks, just so there is a little less wait? If so there is no way that the EVGo and other networks would be as big as they are now.

I think it is awesome that they are helping to grow the public charging infrastructure and even installing CCS plugs, which the current LEAF does not use. Their investment is certainly much more visible than any be GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda, and so on.

SparkEV I understand that you want things to be better; but perhaps instead of complaining you should look for ways to advocate for more stations to be installed.

There’s no necessary connection between one and the other. Nissan could invest in chargers and offer very cheap DCFC – just a bit more than at-home electricity rates – and you’d have the best of both worlds.

That what is free or far too cheap to the consumer tends to be over utilized and wastefully managed is Economics 101. Look at freshwater for an obvious example! Tesla and their “pay upfront for unlimited charging” model has the same structural problem. Thankfully they seem to realize this and change the model before Model 3 and the volume explosion we all hope to see.

It is unlikely that Nissan will offer free charging forever. They are using it as advertising to lure customers, and to increase adoption.

Personally I am not in favor of free charging as I think it will cause a lot of backlash once it is taken away.

My bigger point was that we should be happy to see network expansion. In many of the places that Nissan’s program is expanded to, they add 4-5 DCFC stations in that area.

It is true that many people will abuse free power, but often they only do so until the novelty of it wears off.

TP, eVgo charging stations are mainly the result of CA lawsuit against NRG for electricity ripoffs in early 2000’s. If it’s up to eVgo, we’d have no CCS, but CA mandated them. It’s not only Nissan that’s funding eVgo. BMW i3 also has “make people wait” plan. But for the rest (SparkEV, eGolf iMiev), we have to pay pretty high prices compared to home charging. Granted, we are lot fewer than Leaf/i3, but we do contribute. If you’re advocating for more stations, you should fight against these “free plans”. Once those “free charge” funding run out in 2+ years, the charging companies will face huge shift (reduction) in demand and could become terrible (ie, Blink or worse). Far better is creating sustainable supply by meeting realistic consumer oriented demand. One way to do that would’ve been “free” OTG membership fee while having consumers pay per use. That’s easily 1/4 to 1/3 off DCFC price while still having/gauging realistic demand. Besides, having people new to EV face long waits due to “free” is going to sour people on EV experience and bad for the industry as a whole, even those who get free charging and constantly see that they need to… Read more »

Agree that free charging is a bad idea even if it is a selling point…
Reduce the price of the car and let me pay for charging as I go…

I think it would be much better if Nissan gave 24-36 months free of the monthly fee on the NRG plan that is normally $15/month. The user would still have to pay the $0.10/min charge. That is a small premium over home electricity rates depending on how many kWh your car can take in 30 minutes. I don’t know how many kWh a Leaf can take – is it about 15kWh? My RAV4 EV with Jdemo can run full blast for more than 30 minutes on 125 amp chargers. I got 19kWh on a Nissan CHAdeMO last time.

My point is that the access to the fast chargers at a reasonable price would still be a big benefit without the abuse that FREE attracts.

SparkEV, thank you for providing an example of what might have been a good alternative. All to often you and others simply state how you think something is terrible, but provide no alternative.

Yes NRG’s past overbilling in CA resulted in them being forced to start EVgo, which I believe is now a separate entity. Nissan later chose EVgo to manage their No Charge To Charge program. That said, EVgo then started growing their network in states that Nissan directed them to do so in, such as GA, NC, TN etc. Some of these places might not have had enough volume for EVgo (or others) to expand in to had Nissan and BMW not directed them to do.

All that said, if the typical public DCFC station had say 4+ charging units, would you still hate that a automaker gave someone 2 years worth of charging? In other words, are you mad that others are getting free power or that you cannot access a charging station immediately? Just because you see a Leaf charging, doesn’t mean they are charging for free. For those of us who bought/leased before April/May 2014, we were but given NCTC cards.

When waiting, I often chat with folks there. More than 3 out of 4 users live local and can charge at home, but they have NCTC. Some even plug in even when they already have 80+% when they go to the market / shop! I don’t blame the drivers (well, maybe a little). I blame the poorly implemented plan. When there’s nothing at stake (ie, they’re off to eat/shop), it’s just inviting abuse.

I get mad because that poor planning affects me personally with lots of wasted time as well as giving bad reputation for EV. People see EVs needlessly waiting around to charge, and think “EVs suck; look how much they have to wait!”

The Leaf is in desperate need of a refresh and an even bigger battery.

And a CCS Port.

Lol. I doubt they are ready to make the CCS leap yet – though I agree. CHAdeMO looks dead to me. But the facelift and the bigger battery is coming very soon. In six weeks the Paris Mondial will be underway and the facelifted LEAF with 40 kWh useable capacity will debut. So will the Renault Zoe R400 with the same battery. According to the facelift also improves aero, and both these cars are likely to achieve 400 km of NEDC range. The current 30 kWh LEAF is 250 km NEDC, so if we assume the same relative increase in EPA rating this translates to 171 miles EPA. And that isn’t all. The Bolt has terrible aerodynamics. It’s combined EPA will be 200+, but the highway rating will be considerably less. I would argue that nearly no one needs the full range of a Bolt other than when going on long trips, which nearly always means long stretches of highway speeds. And in these circumstances the new LEAF may prove to go 90% of the distance that the Bolt can. Recall that 40 kWh is the USEABLE capacity. (Nissan is moving away from marketing gross capacity and will henceforth… Read more »

Another fun consequence of this is that after Paris, both VW and BMW, who were kind of impressing us with their 50% capacity bumps, look totally uncompetitive! Rumors are already swirling that the i3 will come with the 120 Ah Samsung cells (they already exist, so this is fairly easy for BMW to do) in the second half of 2017.

Game on!

CHAdeMO is not dead. Go on plugshare, zoom out to the 100km level. Look at California and see how many blank areas there are with no chargers. Now scroll over to Japan. You cannot even see the map, just orange CHAdeMO pins all over.

Also the new Freedom stations have both CCS and CHAdeMO, and the new connectors are much better than the previous ones.

It is far from dead but nissan is pretty much the only one using it…