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Nissan expands free-charging program to 10 more markets

Its "No Charge to Charge" scheme now covers 48 different markets around the country.

2016 Nissan Leaf SL

If you can survive off public chargers alone, your first two years of juice could be totally free.

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Whether it's a dinky little tchotchke or a GoPro, getting something for nothing is always nice. Who doesn't love free stuff, right? If you buy a Nissan Leaf in certain markets, the company will hook you up with free public charging for 24 months. And now, its program is expanding to include even more cities.

Nissan's "No Charge to Charge" program gives Leaf buyers 24 months of free public charging at supported charging stations. The company estimates that this will save owners about $1,000 over that two-year period, although your mileage may vary, based on how often you charge in public versus at home.

The program has expanded by 10 markets to 48 total. The new markets are: Portland/Auburn, Oregon; Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colorado; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville/Anderson in the Carolinas; Jacksonville, Florida; Miami, Florida; Palm Springs, Florida; Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota, Florida.

The program makes the Leaf a tempting offer, even if more-promising electric vehicles are on the horizon. A bump in battery capacity for the 2016 model year increases the Leaf's max range to 107 miles, with normal Leafs (Leaves?) wielding about 84 miles of range.

Within the next year, we should be seeing 200-mile EVs come to market at price points barely above that of the Leaf, which currently retails for $34,200 before the federal $7,500 tax incentive.

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