Nissan LEAF 40kWh charging guide


The Nissan Leaf 40kWh is the first second-generation EV to come along, and as such has big expectations. It’s fair to say that Nissan has improved the car in every respect though, and as such, you can expect the Leaf 40kWh to continue the all-electric Nissan’s status as the best-selling EV in the world. Available with the OLEV Category 1 Plug-in Car Grant, new buyers receive £4,500 off the cost of a new Nissan Leaf 40 kWh, and are likely to be eligible for the £500 Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme grant.

Next Green Car says: “The practicality, driving range, and overall package are excellent, and the LEAF 40kWh is an EV that will meet the demands of many drivers.”


Find out more in the below Zap-Map Nissan Leaf 40kWh charging guide.

Nissan Leaf 40kWh Range

Official NEDC Range

Nissan Leaf 40 kWh
235 miles

Real-world Range

Nissan Leaf 40 kWh
168 miles


Click here for the Nissan Leaf 40 kWh Charging Guide

Nissan Leaf Charging inlets

The Nissan Leaf 40kWh uses two charging standards for its inlets. The two sockets on the vehicle available to use with charge point connectors or cables are Type 2 and CHAdeMO. The first deals with slow and fast charging, while CHAdeMO inlets only deal with rapid charge points.

Type 2 – Slow & FastCHAdeMO – Rapid


Nissan Leaf 40kWh Charging times

Below is a table showing approximately how long it will take to charge the 40kWh battery pack in the Nissan Leaf 40kWh. 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 6.6 kW on-board charger as standard, for all applications apart from Rapid 50 kW DC. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a higher maximum output, the Nissan Leaf 40kWh will only be able to accept up to 6.6 kW.

Rapid 50kWFast 22kWFast 7kWSlow 3kW
40 mins
– 0-80%
7.5 hours
– 0-100%
7.5 hours
– 0-100%
21 hours
– 0-100%


How much does it cost to charge a Nissan Leaf 40kWh?

The table below shows a high level estimate of cost to charge Nissan Leaf 40kWh model at home or where a charge is made on the rapid charge network – many public points are free.

TypeCost/kWhCost to charge*Cost per mile^
Home14p/kWh£6.403.3 p/mile
Public Rapid20p/kWh to 80% charge£7.203.8 p/mile
Public Rapid25p/kWh to 80% charge£8.004.8 p/mile
Public Rapid30p/kWh to 80% charge£9.605.7 p/mile
Public Rapid35p/kWh to 80% charge£11.206.7 p/mile

* Approximate cost to charge a Nissan Leaf 40kWh 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

Expect a cost of 2p-6p per mile to charge a Nissan Leaf 40kWh for real world figures, 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 40kWh on public networks

nissan leaf 40kwh public charging

The Nissan Leaf is able to be fast and rapid charged from public points, depending on network coverage. Fast charging will require a Type 2-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 40kWh at home

nissan leaf 40kwh home charging

Buying a Nissan Leaf 40kWh 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 BP Chargemaster and Pod Point, to offer a free fully installed 7kW home charge point to new Leaf 40kWh customers. Customers don’t have to receive a charge point from this supplier, but it means the process will be a little more streamlined, organising an installation can be started at the dealership, and it will save the new Leaf 40kWh owner a few hundred pounds. There are a number of different points and prices on the market so it is worth shopping about beforehand so you know what’s on offer.


How to charge a Nissan Leaf 40kWh

nissan leaf 40kwh charging

The Nissan Leaf 40kWh is available with two charging standards – both found behind a flap just above what would normally be a car’s grille.

The right-hand socket is for the Type 2 connector, which is for the leads used when charging at home or in public. This cable will have a Type 2 connector at one end to plug in to the Leaf 40kWh 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.

nissan leaf 40kwh driving

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