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Nissan LEAF Charging Options: 3 Ways to Charge Your Nissan LEAF

Jul 15, 2020

The Nissan LEAF gives electric vehicle (EV) owners an experience unlike any other. With an all-electric motor and 100% instant torque, owners can enjoy 100% electric driving without gas or tailpipe emissions. With that much power, the Nissan LEAF needs electric vehicle charging that can match it.

Every Type of Nissan LEAF Charging Station

The Nissan LEAF comes with a 6.6kW on-board charger and a Quick Charge Port for fast charging. Because of this, Nissan LEAF owners have the convenience of choosing from three types of electric vehicle charging options. Knowing the differences between each type of charging option will help you find the right charging station for your needs.

Nissan LEAF Fast Charging

The fastest way to charge is using a fast charger. Commonly referred to as fast charging, this method is also known as DC quick charging or Level 3 charging. Since the Nissan LEAF uses CHAdeMO technology to rapid charge, LEAF owners plug their vehicle into a fast charging station using the station’s CHAdeMO connector. Like other public charging stations, fast chargers can be found at common public areas like shopping malls, office buildings, and grocery stores.

With fast charging, you can charge your Nissan LEAF in minutes, not hours. 

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That’s why EVgo is committed to building the largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles in the country. EVgo owns and operates more than 800 fast charging locations in major cities across the nation. We’ve purposefully built our public network to give Nissan LEAF owners easy access to fast charging in many major cities.

EVgo customers can also benefit from Partner Roaming by EVgo and use partners’ charging networks without roaming fees. Partner Roaming by EVgo makes charging easier for customers by providing even more charging options and helps to promote cross-industry collaboration.

Access EVgo’s charging locations map to find a fast charging station near you.

How long does it take to charge a Nissan LEAF at a fast charging station 

A Fast Charger like those operated by EVgo uses a 480V input to achieve 80% charge in less than 30 minutes. Unlike Level 2 chargers, charge times are similar for the newest Nissan LEAF 40 kWh and 62kWh models. That’s because Nissan increased the fast charge rate in 2019. 

Nissan LEAF Level 1 Charger 

Level 1 charging is the base level of Nissan LEAF charging.

New Nissan LEAF owners will need to purchase a standard 120V charging cable, which can be plugged into a standard AC outlet for a Level 1 charge. While it isn’t fast, Level 1 charging lets you add some range to your Nissan LEAF wherever you have access to electricity through a regular wall outlet. This rate of charging gives your Nissan LEAF about 2–5 miles per hour depending on different variables.

While this type of charging is the most accessible option, it’s also the slowest. Getting a Nissan LEAF from empty to full charge using Level 1 charging will take more than two days. For this reason, Level 1 charging is best for home use.

Nissan LEAF Level 2 Charger 

The next level of EV charging is Level 2 charging. While Level 2 charging stations are available for home use, they require additional equipment and oftentimes installation by a specialist.

You can also find public Level 2 charging stations near popular areas like commercial buildings, retail stores, grocery stores, and more. Because EVgo owns and operates more than 1,000 Level 2 chargers in 66 metropolitan markets, most Nissan LEAF owners can find a Level 2 charging station whenever it matters most. EVgo customers can also charge their Nissan LEAF using EVgo’s roaming partner network.

Explore EVgo’s charging locations map to learn more.

How long does it take to charge a Nissan LEAF at a Level 2 charging station?

A Level 2 charger delivers a charge of either 208V (for commercial) or 240V (for residential) with a rate of up to 25 miles per hour. At 240V, a new Nissan LEAF will receive a full charge in approximately 8–12 hours. If you’ve got a Nissan LEAF with a 40kWh battery, it will take about 8 hours to reach a full charge whereas a Nissan Leaf with a 62kWh battery will need around 12 hours.

Charge your Nissan LEAF overnight while at home or plug into an EVgo Level 2 charging station during the workday.

Whatever your need, there’s a Level 2 charging station at the ready.

Whether you’re using a Level 2 charger or fast charger for your Nissan LEAF, charging has never been this efficient — and easy.

But Nissan LEAF charging just got sweeter.

Nissan Energy Perks Program by EVgo®

Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo is here! 

Nissan partnered with EVgo, the nation’s largest network of public fast chargers, on a charging program. This program gives retail customers purchasing or leasing a new qualifying Nissan LEAF in participating markets with a charging credit to use within the EVgo and EVgo roaming partners charging networks.

Visit Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo to learn more today!