As part of its continuing nationwide rollout of free electric car charging provision for owners of its LEAF electric car, Nissan North America has official added the city of Boston, Massachusetts to its list of key market areas where LEAF customers can charge their cars for free.
Called the “No Charge to Charge” program, Nissan’s scheme offers LEAF customers free complementary charging at participating level 2 and CHAdeMO DC quick charge stations for two years from point of purchase, making the LEAF even cheaper to own and operate.
Initially launched in the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, No Charge to Charge now covers seventeen different key U.S. marketplaces, including the aforementioned San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as San Diego and Fresno in California, Seattle Washington, Portland Oregon, Chicago Illinois, Atlanta Georgia, Indianapolis Indiana, Nashville Tennessee, Phoenix Arizona, Dallas Ft-Worth and Houston in Texas, Denver Colorado, and Washington D.C.
As with many other states, the Commonwealth Massachusetts offers its citizens up to $2,500 in rebates towards the cost of an all-electric vehicle or a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle under the state’s MOR-EV program. Those who buy a plug-in hybrid meanwhile, can apply for between $1,500 and $2,500 in rebates depending on the specifications and price of the vehicle.
Combined with the standard U.S. Federal Income Tax Credit of up to $7,500 for electric car purchases and Massachusetts’ electric car rebate, the Nissan LEAF is available in Boston for an effective starting price of $19,010 after incentives.
Of course, Massachusetts is no stranger to the electric car, with the state government investing heavily in the last few years in supporting the installation of large numbers of public charging stations. It’s also a fan of Tesla Motors, as a unanimous ruling last year by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court proved when auto dealers in the state tried to have Tesla Motors banned from selling direct to customers under Chapter 93B of the Massachusetts state law.
That’s not all. The world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) also happens to be at the forefront of a lot of future car research programs, encompassing automated cars, new battery technologies and electric vehicle drivetrain developments. Look even deeper, and you’ll discover that more than 100 years before the Nissan LEAF even hit the market, Boston was home to its very own electric car company, the New England Electric Vehicle Co.
With a tight turning circle and nippy acceleration around town, we note the Nissan LEAF could be the ideal car for Bostonians looking for a car to get them around the historic city. What’s more, as the popular science fiction show Fringe showed us — which was based in Boston — even mysterious super-power FBI agents can make the switch to an electric vehicle.
Just don’t expect your LEAF to give you the ability to jump between dimensions…
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