Nissan will expand its "No Charge to Charge" promotion, which provides two years of free public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan Leaf electric car.
The company is hoping the free charge offer helps consumers overcome driving 'range apprehension'. The program will debut the new EZ-Charge card, which gives Leaf owners access to leading EV charging networks with a single card.
New owners will receive an EZ-Charge card that will provide access to chargers with ChargePoint, Blink Network from Car Charging Group, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo, according to Edmunds.com.
"Public charging is an important way to provide added range confidence to EV buyers and persuade more shoppers to join the more than 110,000 Leaf drivers around the world," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Aftersales.
The No Charge to Charge program will launch using the EZ-Charge card on July 1 in 10 of the top markets for Leaf sales, including San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Washington, D.C.
No Charge to Charge and the EZ-Charge card will be provided retroactively to buyers in these markets who purchased their Leaf on or after April 1, 2014.
The 2014 Nissan Leaf EV has a MSRP of $28,980.
After the rollout in the first 10 markets, Leaf dealers in at least 15 additional markets will offer the two during the following year. Nissan said more details on the programs in these additional markets will be made available closer to launch.