More free public charging from auto companies not named Tesla
Interesting article today over at our friends from Green Car Reports. Ford is offering 3 years of free charging with a CMAX energi purchase. Nissan has had a similar program in place for some time for the Leaf. Interesting, since the CMAX has an EV only range of only about 20 miles and does not need/use quick charging, plus people mainly charge at home. Perhaps some Ford focus groups showed something like this would help sales?
One interesting supposition might be that Ford is realizing that the overall cost to them for free public charging would not be that much on a per vehicle basis. This is probably true given that upwards of 90% of all charging is done at home or work. This was noted our prior blog post about public charging at networks costing as much or more than gas.
It does spur the general conversation about how car companies other than Tesla are going to be involved in helping build the public infrastructure.
We wonder then given the stats and the fact that auto companies know very soon a big portion of their fleet will have a plug, who will be the first large car company to simply give away free charging at public networks just like Tesla already does?