All You Need to Know About Charging the Nissan LEAF
Are you planning to purchase an electric vehicle? One of the most common factors to consider is charging time.
The Nissan LEAF is one of the first among the second generation of EVs and has big expectations. This vehicle has two standard charging ports that offer three different charging options: Level 1 (using a 120V standard wall outlet), Level 2 (using the available Level 2 charging port and a 240V wall outlet), and Level 3 (using the available Level 3 Quick Charge port and CHAdeMO Quick Charging points at public charging stations). Level 1 uses AC outlets, Level 2 use AC or DC outlets, and Level 3 uses the CHAdeMO DC Quick Charging points. The Nissan LEAF's charging connectors are located where a normal car's grille is found.
The charging process begins automatically at home or work. Public chargers, on the other hand, need an activation process to initiate charging.
How Long Does Nissan LEAF Take To Charge?
Charging time depends on the battery size of your LEAF and the charging method you use. Level 3 charging is the fastest and available at public charging stations. At a public charging station using a rapid 50kW CHAdeMO Quick Charging point, the LEAF can be charged from 0-80% in 40 minutes with the 40 kWh battery, and 60 minutes with the 62 kWh battery. Public charging stations often stop charging before 100% to maximize efficiency and protect the battery.
Level 2 charging is the most popular option. Using the available Level 2 charging cord, you plug your LEAF into a 240V wall outlet at home and get a full charge in eight hours for 40 kWh batteries and 11.5 hours for 62 kWh batteries.
Level 1 is the slowest, but great for charging in an emergency situation. Using the included L2-EVSe charger, you can plug your LEAF straight into a standard 120V wall outlet for a slow trickle charge.
These are only estimates and can sometimes vary depending on several factors like temperature, charging threshold for improving battery life, energy load on the vehicle, and the slowing of the charging rate as maximum charge capacity approaches. It is also important to note that an EV is very rarely in need of a full charge starting from 0%.
What is The Cost for Charging Nissan Leaf?
One of the biggest reasons why car owners switch to an EV from a conventional vehicle is due to the massive savings on fuel. With the LEAF, you can expect to pay approximately $3 to $10 per charge. Considering that gas prices can surge, it can rightfully be said that Nissan LEAF offers considerable savings.
The Nissan LEAF would make a great addition to your family’s cars by offering cost savings and many family-friendly features. They are eco-friendly and offer a relaxing, comfortable, and safe ride.