From our understanding, the Leafs will be charged either at the stations belonging to the apartment complexes or using support from Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi, who might have their own stations nearby.
Nissan did not give an official reason as to why it’s leasing electric car for free. However, their 2,000 car test fleet reminds us of the ones BMW and MINI used to gather date for the i3. Before a company can reinvent a product or target a new segment, it needs to know what people want to use it for. And we all know the next-gen Leaf wants to be a more mainstream car that everybody can use, including people who live in apartment buildings.
You see, people customers in densely populated apartment buildings have been the biggest hurdle for EV adoption. After all, you can’t throw a huge cable out the kitchen window to charge up the batteries every night. Considering Japan is one of the most densely populated and technologically advanced counties in the world, it's perfect for the test.
Will they use them on a daily basis? How long will the journeys be? When do they have time to charge? These are just some of the big questions Nissan is probably desperate to find the answer to.