Nissan LEAF Charging Guide for 2011 to 2017 models
Introduced in 2011, Nissan approached the budding 21st century electric vehicle market with a widely-available zero-emissions product.
A five-door, five-passenger hatchback, the Nissan LEAF was purposely developed to be a relatively affordable electric car suited for low-range everyday life. Powered by an 80-kilowatt AC synchronous motor functioning on energy stored in a lithium-ion battery pack, the Nissan LEAF boasts a 130km driving range.
The reasonable price range of the Nissan LEAF means this EV has a solid following in many markets, retains value and are quickly snapped up when sold second hand. Smart buyers have also tapped into the Japanese domestic market (JDM) imports to Australia; these are low-kilometre, good condition used LEAFs that can be picked up for around $20,000.
As with most other EVs, the Nissan LEAFs charging cable comes with the car, but if you'd like faster and smarter charging, we've got a heap of options for you.
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Why upgrade the charging cable for your Nissan LEAF?
While the charging cable that comes with your LEAF is fine for overnight charging, there are a range of ways to charge up more efficiently. Why? While overnight charging might suit your lifestyle, getting a faster charge in between trips to the shops, work or the school run will completely negate any anxiety you might have about EV range!
The Nissan LEAF is typically equipped with two charger ports but only one (J1772) is practical for use at home.
Plug Standard: Type 1 / J1772
Maximum AC charge rate of 15 or 27.5amps (depending on your model)
Average time to recharge a Nissan LEAF
Dealer supplied charger is up to 18 hours
15amp charger is approximately 6-7 hours
32amp charger around 3-5 hours
Solar-aware charging for your Nissan LEAF is simple
If you have solar panels on the roof, it's easy to use all that renewable energy to charge your LEAF rather than feeding it back to the grid for a pittance.
The Myenergi Zappi is British designed and manufactured, one of our most popular chargers for EV owners across Australia and New Zealand. Basically, it takes your self-generated renewable energy and feeds it to either your EV or household appliances and lighting in a way that ensures you're not pulling from a coal-fired power station!
Or, for Swedish slick, the ChargeAmps HALO has integrated smart software, an attached charging cable and is made from durable, recycled aluminium.
Eco-smart and solar-aware, uses your own self-generated solar power
Integrated smart software via phone app
What do our customers say about LEAF charging?
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Previously I was unable to do a repeat journey in the evening into town due to the slow rate of charge available from the supplied charger. I can see this being a past problem. Again, many thanks for your excellent service - keep up the good work."
Harvie, LEAF owner from Seddon, NZ
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