“The starting price of a Nissan Leaf is about $16,348** in Colorado,” said Nissan today as it’s now kicking in free charging for two years with its “No Charge to Charge” program for Leafs bought in Denver.
Nissan’s double asterisks indicate subsidies must be carved off a starting price of $29,010 and these amount to a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 and Colorado state credit of $5,162 – healthy incentives indeed for those who fully qualify.
“No Charge to Charge” is a perk the company initiated last year offering a chip-enabled access card to plug into a network of level 2 or level 3 chargers offering 240 volts or quick charges of 480 volts respectively.
It’s now offered in 17 markets, namely, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno, Seattle, Portland (Oregon), Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Washington, D.C., and Denver.
“Nissan Leaf is an attractive option for Denver car buyers because it is fun to drive and offers significantly lower operating costs when compared to a gas-powered car,” said Andrew Speaker, director, Electric Vehicle (EV) Sales & Marketing, Nissan. “EV charging infrastructure continues to grow in Denver, and access to free public charging for new Leaf buyers helps make owning an all-electric vehicle even more cost-effective and convenient.”
Last month Nissan crossed a 175,000 global sales milestone with its Leaf, it’s sold more than 78,000 in the U.S. and is the cumulatively highest selling plug-in electrified vehicle nationally and internationally.
Its sales this year however have waned as the car is late in its products life cycle and as newcomers are on the horizon. A rumor that the 2016 model could get a 30-kwh battery and an extra 20 miles more or less range has not been substantiated.