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Re: EZ-Charge, 24 months Free Charging Questions

Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:48 am

As a new driver, I can understand why you're excited about free charging. Who doesn't like to get something for free? But as you own your car for awhile, depending on where you live, you'll start to see some competition for the open charging spaces in your area with some or many of the spaces taken by people who are bound and determined to get as much free charging as they can. Even if they can charge at home, many of them won't and will go out of their way to soak up the free charging.

Once you see that happening in your area, you'll realize that free charging isn't as good as you once thought it was. For me, the realization hit when I saw people their LEAFs fast charging when they were almost full and using the last 10 minutes of a 30 minute charging session to increase their SOC by 2 or 3% when people were waiting to use the stations. It's a waste of a good charging resource.

I think it boils down to this: Paying a reasonable price for a charging session is the best way to ensure spaces are open and available when you need them...So enjoy some free charging while being nice to other drivers, and be willing to pay for some charging when you need it at stations that are outside the "Free" program. And enjoy your new EV...

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Re: EZ-Charge, 24 months Free Charging Questions

Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:14 pm

wekebu wrote:Well, the plot thickens. As it turns out, my dealership is not a participating dealership in the No Charge To Charge program. My card is useless. I've called the dealership yesterday and left a message for the guy above the salesmen (salesmen is on a prescheduled cruise). I've emailed Nissanusa.com Any other suggestions?


You should still be able to use other charging stations. You do mean that you can't use the dealer's own QC station...?
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Re: EZ-Charge, 24 months Free Charging Questions

Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:56 pm

Yes, I can charge at stations, just my 24 month free to charge EZ-Charge card doesn't work. I don't think I'll charge away from home often, but wanted to try it out locally and get comfortable with it's use. Since the EZ-Charge card didn't activate, I signed up with Chargepoint and EVgo and used their charging station over the weekend. Pretty easy to use. L2 was slow, CHAdeMo is the way to go.

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Re: EZ-Charge, 24 months Free Charging Questions

Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:27 am

wekebu wrote:Yes, I can charge at stations, just my 24 month free to charge EZ-Charge card doesn't work. I don't think I'll charge away from home often, but wanted to try it out locally and get comfortable with it's use. Since the EZ-Charge card didn't activate, I signed up with Chargepoint and EVgo and used their charging station over the weekend. Pretty easy to use. L2 was slow, CHAdeMo is the way to go.


I had to call both Blink and EVGO to get my card activated. Even if I don't use free charging, having one card to use 4 networks seemed like it was worthwhile to me.

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Re: EZ-Charge, 24 months Free Charging Questions

Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:35 am

wekebu wrote:Well, the plot thickens. As it turns out, my dealership is not a participating dealership in the No Charge To Charge program. My card is useless. I've called the dealership yesterday and left a message for the guy above the salesmen (salesmen is on a prescheduled cruise). I've emailed Nissanusa.com Any other suggestions?


The dealer has nothing to do with the NCTC program except to give you the card when you buy or lease the car. You need to register the card with the various charging networks in your area. As others have already noted, the free QC sessions are limited to 30 minutes and, at least in my area, Blink L2 charging is no longer included. Also, not all QC locations participate in the NCTC program so you will incur fees if you use those stations (card will still activate the station, but fees will be charged to your credit card on file with that particular network). Plug Share is a good app to use because you can set filters to only show participating locations.

In my case, the 2 years free expired long ago but I can still use the one card to activate and pay for charging on any network instead of having to shuffle through cards to find the right one for each network.
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Re: EZ-Charge, 24 months Free Charging Questions

Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:05 pm

I am in the same boat with dealer not participating and I can't even register the card to activate it. EZ Charge server just throws an error. You'd think I should be able to register and use it as a paid service but that does not work either. Dealer has no clue as expected. EZ Charge says dealer is not participating. Shouldn't this be a NIssan thing anyways?
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