Nissan and the US American charging network operator EVgo have announced a deal for Nissan Leaf owners and lessees to charge their EVs through a new programme called Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo.
As part of the agreement, Nissan will provide $250 worth of pre-paid charging credits with EVgo for qualifying customers, dating back to the 1 November 2019. The deal gives Leaf drivers access to a total of 750 public DC charging stations, as well as over 30,000 public chargers in total.
How long the deal will benefit drivers is not exactly clear, as the organisers add that prices differ from charger to charger, with level 2 generally costing around $1.50 per hour, or 30 cents per minute for DC level 3 fast charging.
The reason behind the deal is likely the flagging EV sales in the USA, which the companies hope to reinvigorate, as EVgo CEO Cathy Zoi states: “Anyone who has tried an EV loves it, and EVgo and Nissan are making it easier for more drivers to make the switch to an electric vehicle.”
The two companies have been cooperating in the field for some time and announced a major expansion just a few months ago. EVgo also has an interoperability agreement with Electrify America, which means that the Leaf drivers will have a lot of options where to take their $250.