Nissan LEAF EV charging
The most cost-effective EV on the market
Introduced globally in 2017, this was Nissan’s difficult second album to the highly successful and much loved Gen1 ZE0 Nissan LEAF. The external appearance, while much improved, is unmistakably related to previous model and carries much of the later model Nissan design language.
A five-door, five-passenger hatchback, the Nissan Leaf is purposely developed to be a relatively affordable electric car suited for low to mid-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 an approximately 300km driving range.
AC & DC
The new LEAF, while readily grey imported to both Australia and New Zealand since 2017, actually wasn't 'officially' imported by Nissan into either country for another 2 years.
What this means for prospective owners is that the a LEAF may be equipped with either a Type 1 or Type 2 socket. (Top tip: Check your car socket before choosing a charging product - if you're not sure what you have, give us a call and we'll talk you through it.)
The LEAF is typically equipped with two charger ports (Chademo and Mennekes) but only one (Type 2 / Mennekes) is practical for home charging.
Plug Standard: Type 2 / Mennekes
Maximum AC charge rate of 27.5amps
Average time to recharge a Nissan LEAF
Dealer supplied charger takes around 18 hours
32amp charger speeds it up to around 3-5 hours
How to charge your Nissan LEAF in public and at home
We use and recommend a couple of home charging options, depending on whether you have solar panels on your roof.
If you'd like to use all that lovely, self-generated solar power to charge your Nissan Leaf GEN2, have a look at the British designed and manufactured Myenergi Zappi. One of our most popular chargers for EV owners across Australia and New Zealand, the Zappi, diverts your solar power to either your EV or household power needs in a way that ensures you're not pulling from the grid.
Or, if you don't have panels yet, the stylish ChargeAmps HALO has integrated smart software, an attached charging cable and is made from durable, recycled aluminium.
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 2 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.