Nissan Motor Co. is planning to offer new customers in Texas with free rapid charges for its Leaf electric vehicle starting October 1, 2013. Customers who buy or lease a new Leaf in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston will be entitled to an all-year unlimited free access to public chargers operated in the locations by NRG Energy Inc.’s eVgo unit.
Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman disclosed that the companies may expand the free service to other markets, depending on customer response. Brockman told Bloomberg through phone that the setup – derived from a strategy pioneered by Tesla Motors – is a pilot program and the carmaker “wants to see how it goes.”
He added that NRG has eVgo networks in other markets, noting that they have high hopes for the pilot program. Nissan, together with alliance partner Renault, is now considered as the largest global seller of pure electric vehicles.
Nissan was able to triple its EV sales in the United States in the first eight months of 2013 to a record 14,123 units, after reducing its prices and offering low-cost lease deals. Tesla, on the other hand, is expanding its network of supercharger stations.
Customers who buy 85 kWh-battery versions of the Tesla Model S, or an optional upgrade to the base model, are eligible for free charges at the charging stations for life.
New Nissan LEAF is based on a bespoke EV stage with a 2700 mm wheelbase. It is 4445 mm long, 1770 mm wide and 1550 mm tall. Its particular shape is highly aerodynamic with unobtrusive changes made to the grille - basically the main visual change amongst unique and New LEAF. Meanwhile, another 17-inch wheel design has decreased the Cd figure to a best of only 0.28.
As before, the front of the car is confined by the thin, practically vertical, headlights, with LED lighting on top models. The lights likewise coordinate airflow far from the door mirrors to enhance aerodynamics and diminish the noise from the wind.
The body was designed utilizing Nissan's 'smart fluidity' rule with the kicked-up roofline merging into an extensive spoiler while the wind deceiving shape is additionally helped by the level, smooth underfloor. The rear view is ruled by thin, subtly bended, vertical taillights and is, obviously, striking by the aggregate non-appearance of an exhaust pipe.
The color palette has been extended. There are presently seven exterior colors accessible with a strong white, gray, red pearl metallic and black metallic joining metallic silver, white pearl and blue pearl metallic.
Critical changes inside the cabin include new seats. As well as being remodelled for better support, the front-seats now integrate height adjustment and have been redesigned to give up to 53mm more space for rear seat passengers. This has been accomplished by remodelling the driver and front passenger seats to permit those in the rear to put their feet underneath them, increasing leg space.