Nissan LEAF Charging Guide
The complete guide to charging your Nissan LEAF, covering charging times, costs, range and more.
Charging your Nissan LEAF at home with a standard 3 pin plug can take anywhere between 12 and 15 hours, whereas using a dedicated home charging point takes only 4 to 6 hours. The LEAF is available in two battery sizes (either 24kWh or 30kWh) and with two rates of charging, both of which affect the charging time from empty to full. The table below shows the maximum charging rates for each combination.
|LEAF 24kWh||LEAF 30kWh|
|3.7kW option||7-8 hours||9-10 hours|
|6.6kW option||4-5 hours||5-6 hours|
Click here to read more about how long it takes to charge an electric car.
The cost of charging a Nissan LEAF in the UK varies depending on the location and speed of the charger, but charging at home is the most cost-effective way to charge and many public charging points are free to use. Charging at home costs as little as 2p per mile:
- Typical overnight electricity rate of 10p per kWh
- Charging a Nissan LEAF therefore costs only 2p per mile
- Based on an average 20 mile daily commute, this equates to only 40p per day
Click here to read more about the cost of charging an electric car.
This is verified by Nissan and applies to the Nissan LEAF 30kWh.
|Stuck in traffic at 15mph||Leisure drive at 38mph||Motorway driving at 55mph|
|96 miles||155 miles||95 miles|
Charging your Nissan LEAF can be done anywhere with access to a reliable electrical supply, but the vast majority of charging takes place with dedicated electric vehicle charging points.
- Home charging points is where most electric car charging takes place, as your vehicle can be plugged in overnight for a full charge every morning.
- Destination charging points at places like supermarkets and car parks are available across the UK and are often free to use for the duration of your stay.
- Workplace charging points are becoming more common and are often offered as a staff incentive, but some employers may use time-related fees to encourage chargepoint sharing throughout the working day.
- Rapid charging points are designed to charge your car’s battery to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes and are usually found at motorway service stations.
Charging a Nissan LEAF at home is usually done through a dedicated home charging point, which comes with a one-off cost for purchase and installation. A government grant (known as the OLEV grant) is available for £500 towards this cost.
Free home charger fully installed for Nissan LEAF customers: From July 1st, 2016 all new LEAFs (purchased with financing) or used LEAFs purchased through a Nissan dealership will get a free home charging point fully installed by POD Point. The offer only applies to standard home installations which are eligible for the OLEV grant.
Click here to claim your free Nissan LEAF home charger
Standard home charger cost:
- 3.7kW charging point typically costs around £390 installed
- 7kW charging point (for 6.6kW LEAF) typically costs around £485 installed
- All prices quoted include the £500 OLEV grant