Electric cars are the future, but if you had to bring them down to their core drawbacks, there are 3 of them. One is that they don’t have a very long-range. Two is that they take a long time to charge completely or at least enough. Lastly getting enough charging points is a difficulty since not all locations have the infrastructural support yet. So, Nissan has introduced a “No charge to charge” scheme where people who bought the Nissan Leaf from April 1st 2014, don’t have to pay to charge their vehicles for 2 years.
Owners will have free access to more than 2,600 charging stations and more than 200 quick chargers with brands like ChargePoint, Blink, CarCharging, AeroVironment, and NRG eVgoaccessible via an EZ-Charge card. Finding charge stations that are included in the scheme is easy as owners can access EZ-Charge.com and PlugShare.com or use the PlugShare mobile phone app to find out which charge points will give em a boost without making them cough up for the juice.
“Free charging is a great way for Nissan and our charging partners to make Leaf an unbeatable value for the average American driver,” said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. “The popularity of ‘No Charge to Charge’ since our April announcement shows that public charging spurs range confidence and additional Leaf sales.” In addition, Nissan plans to install 500 quick charge terminals at Nissan dealerships as well as public locations. These quick charge points can get a car from 0-80% charge in just 30 minutes. A very good system and proof that charging electric cars is only going to get faster.
The Leaf will not come to India as it just doesn’t make sense to buy one. Electric cars are going to enter the mainstream, but buyers wont find it viable until there is an appropriate support system in place. The Mahindra E2O hasn’t worked as well as Mahindra had hoped and the main issue remains the fact that the car is not as spacious or feature loaded as its ICE counterparts (Though it does have some handy smartphone connected apps), nor is there the infrastructural support to drive the car in city. However, with growing interest from the government in renewable sources of energy, the future seems bright.