For the 2016 model year, LEAF adds a number of significant enhancements – beginning with a new 30 kWh battery for LEAF SV and LEAF SL models that delivers an EPA-estimated driving range of 107 miles* on a fully charged battery. The range of a LEAF S model is 84 miles, giving buyers a choice in affordability and range.
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Nissan expands its “free” charging program for the LEAF  called “No Charge to Charge” to 3 more US cities: Austin, Texas; Monterey, Calif. and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. New LEAF buyers will have access to some chargers in EZ-Charge’s network for 2 years. The first 30 minutes of each DC charging session and 60 minutes of each level 2 charging session will be free.

IF LEAF owners want to hug the charging stalls for longer periods they will have to pay EZ-Charge, but considering the LEAF’s battery pack size, it isn’t likely to be necessary.

EZ-Charge has extensive networks of charging stations in the new “No Charge to Charge” cities. Here’s a map of Austin”s charging network:

Nissan is rapidly adding new markets to the program ahead of the launch of the 2016 LEAF which should start arriving at a select few dealerships later this month.

The program is already in place in the following markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Fresno – Visalia, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

The company also launched a similar program in the Netherlands last month.

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