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"No Charge to Charge" will launch alongside the EZ-Charge card on July 1, 2014

Nissan is looking to lure in new LEAF customers by expanding its "No Charge to Charge" promotion and offering new EZ-Charge cards. 
According to Nissan News, the new EZ-Charge cards will allow Nissan LEAF owners to access EV charging networks like ChargePoint, Blink Network from Car Charging Group, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo.
The card will provide LEAF drivers with two years of public charging with the purchase or lease of a new LEAF. 
"No Charge to Charge" will launch alongside the EZ-Charge card on July 1, 2014 in 10 key LEAF markets, including San Francisco; Sacramento; San Diego; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Nashville; Phoenix; Dallas-Ft. Worth; Houston, and Washington, DC. 

Buyers in these markets can take advantage of the "No Charge to Charge" and EZ-Charge cards if they purchase their LEAF on or after April 1, 2014.

"'No Charge to Charge' and EZ-Charge are a winning combination, making public charging free and easy for new LEAF buyers," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Aftersales.

Once it rolls out in the first 10 markets, Nissan will expand the promotion to 15 additional markets in the following year. 

This sounds a lot like Tesla Motors' Supercharger network, which offers charging for its Model S EV at no cost to the driver. The Supercharger network just recently expanded from coast to coast, relieving EV drivers of range anxiety. 


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RE: Proprietary charging stations?
By SublimeSimplicity on 4/17/2014 3:17:07 PM , Rating: 2
I can't blame Tesla for making their own standard. CHAdeMO didn't support the rates they needed for their supercharger network.
However, GM/Ford/BMW, muddied the waters for no technical reason. They proposed the SAE DC standard, which has the same specs as CHAdeMO (which was already deployed) and they haven't really delivered cars or chargers.
The reality is, the two manufactures actually making a lot of DC fast charging cars, Nissan and Tesla can both use CHAdeMO (Tesla with an adapter), so it's not as bad as it seems. The SAE standard should die the death it deserves.

RE: Proprietary charging stations?
By Solandri on 4/17/2014 5:28:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah. We're early in the development of EVs. I would rather there be no standard so manufacturers can experiment with different systems and designs. In 5-10 years when we have a better idea what works and what doesn't, then we can make a standard. Retrofitting existing outlets with adapters or different shape plugs or reprogramming their computers with different charging patterns is not a big deal.

The last thing I want is for something like GSM to happen again. GSM mandated TDMA for voice communication, which meant that your phone took up part of the tower's bandwidth even if it wasn't using it. CDMA allows all phones to share all of a tower's available bandwidth with little to no waste. If the U.S. had meekly followed the EU and required compliance with the GSM standard, we'd probably all be stuck at about 0.5 Mbps cellular data speeds right now. (The 3G data on most GSM phones is done with a CDMA radio. LTE uses OFDMA which is conceptually very similar to CDMA. 802.11ac also uses OFDMA.)

RE: Proprietary charging stations?
By SublimeSimplicity on 4/18/2014 9:11:27 AM , Rating: 2
But charging isn't nearly as complicated as cellular communication. Every Lithium Ion battery chemistry charges the same way, with different parameters. You specify a max current, a voltage to stop constant current charging, and a constant voltage for charging after that.
The standards are squabbles over pin layout and protocols for carrying those 3 values between the charger and the car. CHAdeMO uses separate pins for communication. Tesla uses 2 big pins that carry communication at first and then switch to carrying current. SAE reuses the AC charging pins for communication and adds two more pins on top.

RE: Proprietary charging stations?
By Solandri on 4/18/2014 3:48:19 PM , Rating: 2
You can charge at different voltages and currents (and vary it over time), and new up-and-coming battery technologies will have different charging characteristics. The last thing I want is for a superior charging system or new battery technology to be crippled in its infancy because it's forced to adhere to a standard designed around inferior technology.

e.g. Say someone figures out a way to quickly and easily charge batteries at 10kV, but the standard calls for 220V plugs. So to make this new technology work, they're forced to take the 10kV from power lines, run it through the utility company's transformer to drop it to 220V, convert it to DC, feed it into the car, then have a 220V to 10kV step-up transformer inside the car before it can charge the battery. That's a whole lot of inefficiency added simply to adhere to the standard, when they could theoretically just take the 10kV from the power lines, convert it to DC, and feed it straight into the car.

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