Charging the Leaf

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Charging options for the Nissan Leaf ZE1

This information relates to the model available in Australia (there is only one).

The only cable supplied with the Leaf as standard is a Mode 3 EVSE cable which has Type 2 sockets at each end.

The dealer will try to sell you a home charging station. It is the Schneider EVlink Wallbox supplied by JET Charge. This charging station will add about 40km of range per hour.

The other home charging option is to buy a “contingency” cable. This is a cable which plugs into a normal household power point. It will add about 15km of range per hour and costs $595.00. Using this cable to charge from warning light to full takes about 24 hours.

Public charging

“Normal” Charging

Also known as destination chargers, they tend to be at locations where you might be there for a while such as shopping centres or commuter car parks. They can have a variety of socket types but the Leaf will only charge with a Type 2 connector and you’ll use the cable which was supplied with the car when charging. Chargers with a Type 1 socket need an adapter, however, Nissan do not recommend using one.

DC Fast Charging

The Leaf only accepts CHAdeMO plugs for fast charging. Chargers with CCS connections cannot be used with the Leaf. DC fast chargers will generally charge the Leaf from warning light to 80% in about 1 hour.

Finding a Charging Location

PlugShare has a website, iOS and Android apps which map the locations of charging stations. You can filter by plug type, provider and rating. Users can add charging stations as they become available, rate and add photos of each location.

In NSW, the NRMA are rolling out a network of fast chargers. They are currently free to use for all EV drivers but eventually will only be free for NRMA members. These chargers are shown in the PlugShare app as well in the My NRMA app (which also shows the fuel prices for petrol stations).