Nissan Adds Los Angeles to Nissan Leaf Charging Program | Edmunds

Nissan Adds Los Angeles to Nissan Leaf Charging Program


Just the Facts:
  • Nissan will add Los Angeles to its "No Charge to Charge" program for the Nissan Leaf electric car.
  • "No Charge to Charge" will launch at Nissan Leaf dealers in the Los Angeles market on August 15.
  • Leaf owners who purchased or leased their Leaf on or after July 1, 2014 in the Los Angeles market will receive entry into the program retroactively.

LOS ANGELES — Nissan will add Los Angeles to its "No Charge to Charge" program for the Nissan Leaf electric car, the automaker said on Wednesday.

"No Charge to Charge" will launch at Nissan Leaf dealers in the Los Angeles market on August 15.

Leaf owners who purchased or leased their Leaf on or after July 1, 2014 in the Los Angeles market will receive entry into the program retroactively.

Nissan rolled out the program earlier this month in 10 U.S. markets.

The program provides free access to charging with an EZ-Charge card to public charging stations for two years.

"Los Angeles has long been one of the world's top markets for electric car sales," said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan electric vehicle sales and infrastructure, in a statement.

"Adding free access to public fast charging in the L.A. market gives us a competitive edge over other vehicles, regardless of their fuel source."

In the next year, Nissan said it plans to offer the program and EZ-Charge card at Leaf dealers in at least 14 additional U.S. markets.

Nissan does not spell out how much users will save with the charging program. But the U.S. Department of Energy says it costs about $2.64 to charge an all-electric vehicle with a 70-mile range.

"If electricity costs $0.11 per kilowatt-hour, charging an all-electric vehicle with a 70-mile range (assuming a fully depleted 24 kWh battery) will cost about $2.64 to reach a full charge," it said. "This cost is about the same as operating an average central air conditioner for about six hours.

"General Motors estimates the annual energy use of the Chevy Volt will be 2,520 kilowatt-hours, which is less than that required for a typical water heater or central air-conditioning. To compare the fueling costs of individual models of conventional and plug-in vehicles, see the Vehicle Cost Calculator."

The estimated driving range for the 2015 Leaf on a fully charged battery is rated by the EPA at 84 miles, and MPG3 ratings are 114 combined, 126 city and 101 highway.

Edmunds says: Consumers save a little money and Nissan wins a lot of goodwill with this program.

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