Nissan Leaf charging stations: everything you need to know
Last updated 11/16/2017
The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling all-electric vehicle (EV) in the world: since Nissan rolled out the original Leaf in 2010, more than 250,000 Nissan Leafs have sold worldwide. Understanding your Nissan Leaf charging station options is an important part of electric car ownership.
Level 1 chargers, Level 2 chargers, and DC Fast Charging for the Nissan Leaf
It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a full day to charge your Nissan Leaf. Your Nissan Leaf charge time is dependent on how full your car’s battery is and the type of charging station that you use. There are three types of Nissan Leaf charging stations.
Level 1 charging station for Nissan Leaf
Level 1 electric car chargers are the least expensive option, and are typically provided when you purchase your Nissan Leaf. Level 1 chargers plug into a standard wall outlet. They are also the slowest type of EV charger available. A standard Nissan Leaf Level 1 charging station will be able to offer about 5 miles of range per hour of charging. This type of charging station is best for overnight use at home.
Level 2 charging station for Nissan Leaf
Level 2 charging stations are considered an “upgrade” from the standard Level 1 chargers provided when you purchase your Nissan Leaf. With the help of an electrician, you can install a Level 2 charger at your home. A typical Level 2 charging station can fully charge your Nissan Leaf battery in 4 to 8 hours.
DC Fast Charging for Nissan Leaf
DC Fast Chargers are commercial electric car charging stations that are accessible to EV owners to use across the country. Not every electric car can be charged with the use of DC Fast Chargers; however, the Nissan Leaf does have DC Fast Charging capabilities. If there is a DC Fast Charger near you, you can charge your Nissan Leaf in about 30 minutes.
Charge time for a Nissan Leaf
|Charger level||Time to charge|
|Level 1 (120 volts)||5 miles of range per hour|
|Level 2 (220/240 volts)||4 to 8 hours|
|DC Fast charging||30 minutes|
How much does it cost to charge a Nissan Leaf?
Electric cars like the Nissan Leaf offer significant fuel savings on a day-to-day basis thanks to their efficient use of electricity as fuel. The cost to fully charge a Nissan Leaf depends on where you live, because electricity prices vary from utility to utility and from state to state. The cost to “fill up” a Nissan Leaf battery at home ranges from just over $3.00 (in Washington state) to almost $10.00 (in Hawaii) – significantly lower than the equivalent cost for a tank of gas.
Cost to charge a Nissan Leaf in top states
|Location||Per-kWh electricity rate||Price of a full charge|
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