Nissan is bringing its “No Charge to Charge” promotion for the Leaf electric vehicle to Los Angeles on Aug. 15, providing free access – thru an EZ-Charge card -- to public charging stations for two years. The LA program will also include Leaf EVs bought after July 1, 2014.
Nissan launched the “No Charge to Charge” program in September 2013 in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas and has since expanded it to San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Nashville, Phoenix, Washington, Portland, Ore.; and Sacramento, Calif.
Nissan is planning to add 14 more markets to the program in 2014. As part of te program, Leaf buyers in these locations can charge their units at no costs -- including via fast chargers -- at participating ChargePoint, Blink, CarCharging, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo stations.
Brendan Jones, director of Nissan electric vehicle sales and infrastructure, said in a statement that offering free access to public fast charging facilities in the LA market gives the Leaf a “competitive edge” over other vehicles, regardless of fuel source.
Leaf used to struggle in the US in terms of sales until May 2013 when it sold 2,138. In June 2014, Nissan sold 2,347 Leafs in the US and even posted a 29-percent jump in sales in the first half of the year to 12,736 units.
The 2014 Leaf could travel 84 miles on a single charge. The state of California provides additional incentives for EVs, including a $2,500 tax rebate and access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
The all-new Nissan LEAF builds on a customised EV platform that has a 2,700-mm wheelbase. It is 4445 mm in length, 1770 mm in width, and 1550 mm in height. Its distinct shape is extremely aerodynamic comprised of minor refinements to the grille. In fact, practically the only change that can be seen from the original to the New LEAF is an all-new 17” wheel design that reduces the drag coefficient to an amazing 0.28.
As always, the front of the vehicle is bordered with slender, almost upright, headlights with most top-end models using LEDs. The lights also help aerodynamics by directing the flow of air away from the door mirrors, which also lessen wind noise.
The designers conceived the body with the Nissan 'smart fluidity' principle in mind, with the unique roofline merging into an ample spoiler. Aside from its shape, it also gets aerodynamic assistance from the smooth, level underfloor. Slender, gently curving, vertical tail lights dominate the rear view that is also noteworthy for its complete lack of an exhaust.
Nissan expanded the available colours. There are now seven colours available for the exterior with a solid white, grey, red pearl metallic, and black metallic added to the offerings of metallic silver, white pearl, and blue pearl metallic.
Key changes in the interior include new seating. Along with having better support designed into them, the front seats now have adjustable height settings and a new shape that provides almost 53mm more leg room for the passengers in the rear seats. The design team did this by reassessing the driver and front passenger seats so that rear passengers can set their feet under the front seats, creating more leg room.