Nissan brings free fast charging service to Hawaii

This story appeared in the Pacific Business News on Thursday, December 13, 2018

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is offering free fast charging to Hawaii drivers after expanding a nationwide promotion to the Islands.

Nissan North America, Greenlots Inc. and EVgo said Thursday that they are bringing the "No Charge to Charge" promotion to the Hawaiian Electric Cos.' service territory.

The NCTC promotion is providing free fast charging for up to two years to those who purchased or leased a new Nissan Leaf electric vehicle from a certified dealer in Hawaii after Nov. 1.

"As a pioneer in bringing affordable EVs to the mass market, Nissan understands that EV owners want to be confident in their ability to drive longer distances,” Brian Maragno, director of EV sales and marketing for Nissan North America said in a statement. “With the ‘No Charge to Charge' program, Nissan is making public charging easier and more accessible to LEAF drivers in Hawaii.”

EVgo, the operator of the nation's largest public fast charging network, has administrated the NCTC promotion since 2015, providing it to Nissan owners in 55 markets across the country, the release stated. A fast charger can fill a Leaf battery pack from empty to 80 percent in 30 to 45 minutes.

“We’re happy to partner with Nissan to provide charging solutions to new Nissan LEAF owners,” Brennon Morioka, Hawaiian Electric's electrification of transportation director, said in a statement. “We are always eager to work with EV manufacturers and dealers to encourage adoption by Hawaii residents and this promotion comes at no cost to our customers.”

As part the NCTC promotion, Leaf drivers will receive one complimentary 30-minute DC fast charging session per day for two years. There are currently nine participating charging stations: one on Oahu, two on Maui and six on the Big Island.

Leaf drivers will need to obtain an EZ Charge Card, available from participating dealers, to take advantage of the promotion.

The Nissan Leaf has been the best selling EV model in Hawaii so far this year. It accounted for more than 35 percent of all EV registrations in the state during the first half of 2018, according to data from Experian.

Prices for a new 2019 Nissan Leaf start at $29,990, before tax credits and rebates.