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Nissan to Offer Leaf Buyers Free Charging

Nissan is offering two years of free charging for drivers who purchase or lease the Japanese automaker's Leaf, making a play to boost incentives for the electric vehicle.The "No Charge to Charge" program will be available in 25 U.S. markets that currently account for 80% of Leaf sales. Nissan will give buyers an EZ-Charge card, which is managed by NRG Energy's (NYSE:NRG) eVgo charging network. The card also unlocks access to charging stations from ChargePoint and others.Nissan said the offer will launch on July 1 in Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Washington, D.C. and five other cities. The remaining 15 markets will be added next year.An EZ-Charge card will be provided retroactively to consumer who bought a Leaf on or after April 1.Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) offers its customers a similar benefit. Owners of the company's Model S sedan have access to a network of charging stations that Tesla calls "superchargers.""Public charging is an important way to provide added ...

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