- Nissan announces a free charging program for Atlanta-based Nissan Leaf buyers
- Program provides free access to more than a dozen Atlanta-area quick-charge stations
- Eligibility is retroactive to November 1 for recent Leaf converts
Looking for a holiday special on an electric vehicle? Check this out: Nissan’s offering no-cost public charging for 2 years to Atlanta-based Nissan Leaf buyers. What’s more, the program extends back to November 1, 2014, to accommodate recent Leaf adopters.
Called No Charge to Charge, the program provides free access to more than a dozen quick-charge stations throughout the Atlanta metro area, and it doesn’t matter whether you buy or lease a Leaf — you’re in either way. The chargers can replenish a Leaf’s battery from 0 to 80 percent in under 30 minutes, giving a measure of versatility beyond the car’s estimated 84-mile range.
Why Atlanta? According to Nissan, it’s because the southern city is America’s biggest Nissan Leaf market. You might not associate Atlanta with green-vehicle options, but in terms of the pure-electric Leaf, it’s number one. By way of explanation, Nissan cites favorable state and federal tax credits, access to car-pool and toll lanes, and corporate initiatives that provide workplace charging for employees. Thanks to those tax credits, a 2015 Leaf starts at around $17,000 in Atlanta, an astoundingly low price. Nissan points out that the Leaf’s battery pack is manufactured just a few hours away at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.
If you’re not a local, don’t despair. Atlanta marks the 13th No Charge to Charge city nationwide, joining Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. By the middle of 2015, an additional 12 metro areas are expected to join the fold.
What it means to you: If you live in Atlanta or one of the other No Charge to Charge cities, there’s arguably never been a better time to try a Leaf.