Nissan LEAF Gen 1 EV charging
The most cost-effective EV on the market
Introduced in 2010, Nissan approached the budding 21st century electric vehicle market with a widely-available zero-emissions product. A 'Gen 1' model describes a LEAF from 2010 to 2017.
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. Later models were offered with 30kwh batteries which translates to around 200km real world kmw of range.
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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 from around $18,000. The price of Nissan LEAFs can be seen for even less again perhaps as low as $12000 but you should expect to
As with most other EVs, the Nissan LEAFs normally comes comes with a portable ev charging cable but if it's an imported Nissan LEAF we suggest you check it compliant first.
Many Japanese imports are delivered with a 200v portable charger which is dangerous when used on voltages found in Australia and NZ, but if you'd like faster and smarter charging, we've got a heap of options for you.
How to charge your Nissan LEAF in public and at home
The Nissan LEAF is typically equipped with two electric car charger ports, a Chademo and a Type 1 / J1772. The Type 1 or J1772 EV charging port is most suited for electric car charging at home.
While the EV 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 at home might suit your lifestyle, getting a faster charge in between trips to the shops, work or the school run will completely negate any range anxiety you might have!
If you have solar panels on the roof of your home , it's makes sense 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!
The Zappi takes your self-generated solar power and feeds it to your EV, or diverts it to your home appliances at a rate that means you're not using grid power. In short, the Zappi will keep you driving on sunshine and renewable power!
How to charge your Nissan LEAF from a public J1772 Type 1 electric car charger
If your Nissan LEAF electric car has a type 1 or J1772 charge port then you're all set. Simply plug in your car and start charging up!
All Type 1 or J1772 chargers have a cable attached so there's no need to adapt or plug in any EV charger adaptors or electric car cables.
How to charge your Nissan LEAF Gen 1 from a public Type 2 Mennekes charging station
The Type 2 to type 1 cable will charge your Nissan LEAF up to 3.3kw or 20 km for every hour of charge, an essential cable for every Type 1 or J1772 vehicle to enable safe and secure charging from public ‘Universal’ charge points.
There is a trend for public electric car charge points to be universal or socketed; this means the point has no in-built cable. The result is reduced maintenance and damage, as well as reduced liability for the owner of the station. If there is no permanently cable attached to the charger then there is less risk of it being driven over or generally being abused. Think air hose in a servo. They are otherwise known as BYO cable chargers.
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