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Nissan Takes Page Tesla With Free Charges in Texas (1)

By Alan September 26, 2013

An electric cable for the updated Nissan electric vehicle (EV) by Nissan Motor Co. is seen in arranged photograph during a conference in Japan. Photographer: Ota/Bloomberg

Nissan Motor Co. the most prolific electric-car plans to offer free charges for its battery-powered Leaf for new customers in Texas, experimenting a strategy pioneered by Tesla Inc. (TSLA:US )

Starting Oct. 1, people who buy or a new Leaf in Dallas, Fort and Houston will get unlimited access for a year to public operated there by NRG Energy (NRG:US ) ’s eVgo unit, the said yesterday in a statement. The may expand the service to other depending on customer response, Brian Brockman, a Nissan

“It’s a pilot program, so want to see how it goes,” Brockman by phone yesterday. “NRG has networks in other markets, and we high hopes for this

Nissan, along with partner Renault SA (RNO), has the world’s largest seller of powered solely by electricity. A reduction this year and lease deals have U.S. Leaf sales than triple through to a record 14,123 units.


the electric-car maker based in Alto, California, is expanding its of supercharger stations to repower its S luxury sedan. Customers who buy 85 versions of the car, or an optional to the base model, are guaranteed charges at the stations for life.

‘Medium-Sized Enticement’

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The offer of fuel for the Leaf will be an for some buyers, “but I’d it a medium-sized enticement,” said Nerad, industry analyst and editor for Kelley Blue in Irvine, California.

“For the right person, these charge stations, it be a good thing and have appeal,” Nerad said. it’s still striking me in most instances, an electric car mainly be a second or third for most people, because of the limitations and how long it takes to them.”

The 2013 Leaf, at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee, averages 75 miles (121 per charge. Repowering the car’s lithium-ion battery pack about four hours a 240-volt charger. EVgo’s fast chargers can repower the to 80 percent in 30 minutes, Brockman

The North American unit of Japan-based Nissan is in Franklin,

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