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Nissan Offering Free Leaf Charges to Lift U.S. Battery Car Sales

Nissan Motor Co., after best-ever U.S. sales of Leaf hatchbacks in 2013, plans to offer two years of free public charging for the battery-powered car in its strongest U.S. markets to entice more drivers to buy one.

Starting July 1, Nissan will issue EZ-Charge cards to people who buy or lease new Leafs in 10 markets: San Francisco; Sacramento; San Diego; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Nashville; Phoenix; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston and Washington, Nissan said yesterday at the New York International Auto Show. Another 15 U.S. cities will be added to the promotion in 2015, Nissan said, without identifying them.