One of the key benefits to owning an electric car over is the low cost of fuel when compared to a gasoline vehicle. Charging at home from power generated via photovoltaic solar panels on your roof is a complete no-brainer, while the majority of Level 2 charging stations are either available for a small per–use fee or a premium that while it is more expensive than charging at home, is still cheaper than gasoline.
To date, the most expensive public charging comes courtesy of rapid or fast charging stations, where customers can pay upwards of $5 for a half-hour, 50 kilowatt top-up, but for the past fourteen months or so Nissan North America has been slowly rolling out its No Charge to Charge program across key electric vehicle markets, offering both fast and level 2 charging for free to Nissan LEAF owners.
So far, the No Charge to Charge program has been rolled out in 16 key markets, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno, Seattle, Portland Oregon, Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston and Washington, D.C. — and today Denver Colorado has been added to that list too.
The city — often known as ‘Mile High City’ due to its elevation above sea level — is already a popular market for plug-in vehicles, thanks in part to a generous state tax credit worth up to $6,000 for higher-priced plug-in cars like the BMW i3, Tesla Model S and Cadillac ELR. Indeed, Colorado is one of a handful of states to offer residents who convert their own car to electric or who engage the services of a professional conversion company financial incentives for plugging in, meaning the state has a wide and varied selection of plug-in vehicles on its roads.
At a starting sticker price of $16,348 after a $7,500 Federal Income Tax credit and Colorado state tax credit of $5,162 have been applied, the entry-level Nissan LEAF S is already competitively priced for anyone in the state of Colorado considering the switch from gasoline to electric. Now, thanks to the Nissan No Charge to Charge program, refuelling in and around Denver will be free, too, for the first two years of ownership.
To qualify for the No Charge to Charge program, applicants must either buy or lease a Nissan LEAF in a participating region. Over the coming months, Nissan says it plans to expand its No Charge to Charge program across other key sales markets in the U.S., reaching a total of at least 25 No Charge to Charge regions by the end of the year.
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