Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” Aims to Revive EV Sales

As gasoline prices continue to plunge, so do the sales of expensive taxpayer subsidized EVs.

As gasoline prices continue to plunge, so do the sales of expensive, taxpayer-subsidized EVs.

Nissan has added three more markets to its “No Charge to Charge” promotion in an attempt to add some sales in the collapsing EV market. LEAF Buyers in New York, Philadelphia and Santa Barbara can get two years of complimentary public charging with the purchase of the all-electric car.

Nissan LEAF EV sales during 2015 of 17,000 declined -43% year-over year when the overall light vehicle market grew almost 6% in the U.S.

With more than 200,000 global sales and more than 89,000 in the U.S., Nissan LEAF remains the world’s best-selling electric car even if it is a mere footnote in sales charts. The 2016 Nissan LEAF has a starting price of $22,360 after a taxpayer-subsidized federal tax credit of $7,500 for the SV model, and $30,040 for LEAF SL after the taxpayer subsidy. Both the SV and SL models have an EPA-rated range of 107 miles on a single charge based on an EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour is equal to one gallon of gasoline energy.


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