How does free charging sound?
The most substantial benefit of owning an electric car is how inexpensive it is to fuel. It still costs money, though, which is why Nissan has partnered with charging network EVgo to keep Nissan Leaf owners happy. The "Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo" program gives new Nissan Leaf owners $250 of complimentary charging. Given the cost of charging an EV, that's a great deal and provides a lot of free miles of travel via EVgo's charging network, which is one of the largest in the US.
There are no strings attached to the deal, but it's only applicable to people that purchased their Leaf after November 1 this year. If you bought a Leaf on October 31, then feel free to curse out loud.
There is another catch, as the Leaf doesn't use the CCS standard charger connector most automakers take advantage of. Instead, the Leaf uses a CHAdeMO style connector, and it doesn't work with all fast chargers available. Between its own 750 charging stations and the chargers by other companies that EVgo has "roaming" deals with, keeping a Leaf topped up shouldn't be too much of a problem. We would still check the local availability on chargers with the CHAdeMO connector, though.
"Nissan is a long-time leader in electric vehicles and this new partnership with EVgo will give Nissan Leaf owners confidence powered by tens of thousands of chargers across America," said Aditya Jairaj, director, EV sales and marketing, Nissan North America. "Convenient access to public chargers can be incredibly helpful for Leaf owners in their day-to-day lives."
If you're thinking of buying a Leaf and taking advantage of the free charging, as far as we know, it still qualifies for the full federal tax rebate credit and starts at $29,990. The base model gets 150 miles of range while the Leaf Plus, with its larger battery, gets up to 226 miles of range on a full charge.