Nissan’s Leaf is the best-selling electric car in the world, having been on sale since 2011. The popular hatchback is available with two different battery sizes – 24 kWh and 30 kWh – and can be rapid charged on the CHAdeMO standard. Available with the OLEV Category 1 Plug-in Car Grant, new car buyers can get £4,500 towards the cost of a new Nissan Leaf, and will also be eligible for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme grant, with up to £500 available towards a fully installed home charging unit.
Next Green Car says: “There are few EVs that make more sense than the Leaf when you look at size, cost and range.”
Find out more in the below Zap-Map Nissan Leaf 24 kWh & 30 kWh Charging Guide.
Nissan Leaf Range
Official NEDC Range
Nissan Leaf 24 kWh 124 miles
Nissan Leaf 30 kWh155 miles
Nissan Leaf 24 kWh99 miles
Nissan Leaf 30 kWh124 miles
Nissan Leaf Charging inlets
The Nissan Leaf uses two charging standards for its inlets. The two sockets on the vehicle available to use with charge point connectors or cables are Type 1 and CHAdeMO. The first deals with slow and fast charging, while CHAdeMO inlets only deal with rapid charge points.
|Type 1 – Slow & Fast||CHAdeMO – Rapid|
Nissan Leaf Charging times
Below is a table showing approximately how long it will take to charge the 30 kWh battery pack in the Nissan Leaf 30 kWh. Times are for a 100% charge for all but rapid charging times, which are quoted at the usual 0-80%.
It is worth noting that these times are only a guide as very rarely will an EV driver want to charge from 0%, preferring instead to keep some battery charge in hand. Other factors that might vary the charging time – either reducing it or extending the time taken – include the issue of battery capacities having upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as maximum charge approaches.
The Nissan Leaf is fitted with a 3.3 kW on-board charger as standard, for all applications apart from Rapid 50 kW DC. Often the optional 6.6 kW on-board charger is fitted though to make greater use of public charger points. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a higher maximum output, the Nissan Leaf will only be able to accept up to either 3.3 kW or 6.6 kW, depending on specification.
Times below are calculated using the optional 6.6 kW on-board charger. For models where the standard on-board charger is fitted, the fast times below need to be doubled.
|Rapid 50kW||Fast 22kW||Fast 7kW||Slow 3kW|
|30 mins – 0-80%||4.5 hours – 0-100%||4.5 hours – 0-100%||10 hours – 0-100%|
Use Zap-Map’s Home Charging Calculator to estimate charging times for a Nissan Leaf 24kWh or Leaf 30kWh. The level of battery charge, connector speed, and on-board charger options for any new or used EV available to buy in the UK can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.
How much does it cost to charge a Nissan Leaf?
The table below shows a high level estimate of cost to charge Nissan Leaf 30 kWh model with optional 6.6 kW on-board charger at home or where a charge is made on the rapid charge network – many public points are free.
|Type||Cost/kWh||Cost to charge*||Cost per mile^||Home||14p/kWh||£4.20||3.4 p/mile||Public Rapid||30p/kWh to 80% charge||£7.20||7.2 p/mile|
* Approximate cost to charge a Nissan Leaf 30 kWh from 0% to 100%. Actual cost dependent on charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack.
^ Cost per mile calculated on real-world range for a more accurate figure than one based on official figures.
Head to Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator to discover charging times and costs for charging an Nissan Leaf on the public network – whether 24 kWh or 30 kWh model. The level of battery charge, connector speed, and on-board charger options for any new or used EV available to buy in the UK can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.
Nissan claims that the Leaf costs from 2p per mile to run, though that’s with a number of variables in your favour. Expect a cost of 3p-7p per mile for a more accurate real world cost, presuming that the majority of charging is done at home. Prices for a full charge are almost a worst case scenario, with very few drivers leaving their Nissan Leaf to get down to 0% charge before plugging in.
According to a Zap-Map survey, more than 80% of EV drivers charge their car at home, making it an important aspect of owning an electric vehicle. The most common level of charge for an EV to get down to before being charged at a public point is 21%-30%, with 60% of drivers surveyed starting charging between 11% and 40%. Only 11% of drivers regularly see a charge of 0%-10% before they start charging.
Charging a Nissan Leaf on public networks
The Nissan Leaf is able to be fast and rapid charged from public points, depending on network coverage. Fast charging will require a Type 1-to-Type 2 cable, often supplied with the vehicle. Rapid charging uses a CHAdeMO connector which is tethered to the charge point.
Costs vary network to network, but you can find out more by clicking on the button below, taking you to Zap-Map’s public network pages.
Charging a Nissan Leaf at home
Buying a Nissan Leaf will likely entitle you to an Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant. This will give you up to £500 off the cost of a fully installed charge point at home. Certain criteria need to be met, and off-street parking needs to be available too.
Costs vary depending on installer and charge point chosen, though you can find out more information by clicking on the button below.
Nissan has partnered with Chargemaster and POD Point, to offer guidance to home charging points and installation when buying a new Leaf. Customers don’t have to buy a charge point from these suppliers, but it means the process will be a little more streamlined, and organising an installation can be started at the dealership. It might be worth shopping about beforehand though so you know what products and prices are on the market.
How to charge a Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is available with two charging standards – both found behind a flap in the centre of what would normally be a car’s grille.
The right-hand socket is for the Type 1 connector, which is for the leads used when charging at home or in public. This cable will have a Type 1 connector at one end to plug in to the Leaf, and either a typical three-pin plug for any UK mains socket, or a Type 2 connector at the other.
This Type 2 connector is used for home charge units and public charge points as the standard across the UK and Europe, allowing drivers to access charge points on the move.
The left-hand socket is for the rapid charger CHAdeMO connector. This will be tethered to the rapid charger units so you don’t need to take the cable around with you.
Charging using either socket requires the user to simply plug the connectors into the correct port, before the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at home or at some work place charge points, there is no further need to activate the charging process.
In public though, there will usually be an activation process needed. Depending on the charge point provider, this will usually be an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account you have already set up. Once activated, the car and charge point will have the same ‘conversation’ as when plugged in at home, before starting the charging process.