The offer begins October 1

Nissan is looking to keep sales momentum up for its all-electric Leaf this year by offering free rapid charging in Texas. 

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Nissan will provide free and unlimited access to public chargers by NRG Energy Inc.'s eVgo for one year. 

The offer is open to those who buy or lease a new Leaf in Dallas, Forth Worth and Houston. It begins October 1. 

EVgo’s fast chargers can power the Leaf's battery to 80 percent in 30 minutes.

Nissan is likely using this offer to encourage Leaf sales. The automaker has done a fine job boosting the EV's sales record this year, with a total of 14,123 units sold through August. This is a huge leap from 2012's total sales of 9,819. 

Back in January, Nissan cut the Leaf's base model price more than $6,000 to $28,800. It also dropped lease prices for the Leaf in an attempt to get more of them on the road. 

More recently, Nissan revealed that it's testing a new Leaf battery with a different lithium-ion cell chemistry meant to handle heat. The tests are putting the batteries in sustained internal temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), and if all goes well, they'll be available in April 2014.

Tesla Motors -- the California startup by Elon Musk, which offers the electric Roadster and Model S -- allows Model S customers who buy 85 kilowatt-hour-battery models (or an optional upgrade to the base model) free charges at its Supercharger stations for life.

However, Tesla isn't too happy with Texas right now, as Musk continues to battle with the state over its dealership laws. Musk said he'd take his case to the federal level if Texas and other states won't allow him to have company-ran dealerships within them. 

Source: Bloomberg

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