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2016 Nissan Leaf Free Charging Program Adds More Cities

NASHVILLE, Tennessee Nissan's free charging program for the 2016 Nissan Leaf electric hatchback is expanding to three more cities.

Now buyers in New York, Philadelphia and Santa Barbara, California, are included in the program that provides two years of complimentary public charging with the purchase of the EV from Leaf-certified Nissan dealers.

It's easy to find the free chargers via the Leaf EZ-Charge app for iOS or Android or at

The 2016 Leaf, which competes against the Chevrolet Spark EV, Ford Focus Electric and Kia Soul EV, is on sale now.

Nissan now offers "No Charge to Charge" in 26 of the top markets for the Leaf. They include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver and Boston.

Convenient charging is a key part of the electric-car buying experience.

The number of public charging stations is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. There are 11,953 public charging stations with 30,206 charging outlets, the DOE says.

Automakers from Nissan to Tesla Motors are making charging easy for buyers. Tesla has set up an extensive Supercharger network for the Tesla Model S sedan and Model X SUV designed to make coast-to-coast trips easier for owners.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers who are considering the Nissan Leaf should factor this expanding charging program into the equation.

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