Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” Program in Texas Credited For Boosting LEAF Sales

MAR 11 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 10

Nissan LEAF Getting A Free Charge

Nissan LEAF Getting A Free Charge

Last September, Nissan launched a LEAF incentive program called “No Charge to Charge” in certain regions of Texas.

Free!!!

Free!!!

That program, which makes charging at NRG eVgo Texas Freedom Station network free of charge for 12 months for LEAF owners, is now being credited with boosting LEAF sales substantially in several key metro areas of Texas.

As Nissan says, sales of the LEAF were up by 500% in some Texas cities, an increase the automaker links to its “No Charge to Charge” program.

However, it’s come to our attention that several of these NRG eVgo stations are “out of order.”

The Freedom Station network consists of 23 stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and 17 stations in Houston.

The “No Charge to Charge” program ends on March 31, 2014, but with reports pouring in on the “out of order” status of what seems to be a majority of these Freedom Stations, we suggest you check to see if any of the units near you are functional prior to taking advantage of this deal, which may turn out to be a non deal if the “free” chargers won’t charge your LEAF.

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10 Comments on "Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” Program in Texas Credited For Boosting LEAF Sales"

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brotherkenny

24 kWh is about $2.40 per charge and assume at best 300 charges, although mostly people will charge at home, and so the upper possible benefit is about $720 but most likely way less than that. I really think that most people are yet to understand just how much less expensive electricity is compared to gasoline for moving a car. I guess they just never think about it, and the “NEWS” tells them it’s expensive, which of course is not true, but they just believe what they are told to believe by those that tell them what to think.

Dave R

Typical LEAF probably only charges 10-15 kWh for a typical quick charge.

Demand charges are the big cost for DCQC providers, but I’m not sure what the kW demand charge is. Most utilities charge anywhere from $5-25 per kW for a demand charge.

That means a single 50 kW quick charge would incur a $250-$1250 monthly bill. QC stations need volume to amortize that cost out over many charges.

Spec9

“most people are yet to understand just how much less expensive electricity is compared to gasoline for moving a car”

And that is exactly why these are great offers . . . they are cheap to provide and they’ll help assuage the fears of massive electric bill that some people erroneously have.

Murrysville-EV

Agreed. My Leaf is costing about $20/month to drive 800 miles. Free charges at an inconvenient location don’t interest me.

This is a smart program of LEAF and eVgo. Get the people hooked on quick chargers.

I have used the system in Houston for almost 3 years now. Charger uptime was a problem in the beginning, but hadn’t come across a non-functional unit in almost 2 years until last Friday. Maybe new problems are cropping up with the heavier use.

Aaron

None of the eVgo chargers near my house in Dallas are functional. Not at Walgreen’s. Not at Cracker Barrel. Nothing.

They set me up with a free month of charging on my i-MiEV, then called me continuously (starting the day after I got the car) bugging me to buy their EVSE. I finally got fed up with it and told them to stick their service up their ass.

Chris O

Free use of a dysfunctional third party network for 12 months isn’t exactly the same thing as “free for life” use of a factory controlled network but maybe Nissan is slowly learning something from Tesla here.

Mr. M

Maybe they want to evaluate how much DCQC are used if money plays no role. Maybe they are looking how much they can charge the people if they want make money on DCQC. First thing: look how heavy the stations are used…

David Murray

I have never had an issue with the EVGO stations and I have used many of them around the DF/W area. I use the Chademo stations on our Leaf and the L2 stations on our Volt. I’ve been very happy with the stations. Perhaps I’ve just been lucky?

Doug E

I have been using evgo stations for a couple months in North-East DFW area without much trouble. Once the fast charger was down, but thankfully I did not critically need it that day and it was fixed within a few days. Another day it was being used, so I plugged in the L2 charger instead for 10 minutes until the fast charger was available. My LEAF is 2.5 years old with 28K miles and it has lost one battery capacity bar, but the fast chargers have given me more driving range freedom this year. Hope to see a fast charger near McKinney soon.