The Nissan LEAF PLUS, a version of the next-generation Nissan LEAF with a 62 kWh battery pack rated for 226 miles of range, has DC fast charging capability. This EV’s longer range may win over some who’ve hesitated to make the leap to electric thus far, but if you’re looking to save some money and don’t mind a little less range, a used Nissan LEAF is a great option too.
Here are the basic stats on the LEAF PLUS, as well as an intro to charging the new model.
|All-electric Range (battery size)||226 miles per charge (62 kWh)|
|Level 1 Charging (120V)||2.5 days|
|Level 2 Charging (240V)||11.5 hours|
|DC Fast Charging (CHAdeMO connector)||80% in 45 minutes (100 kW charger)|
|Warranty||Powertrain Limited Warranty|
|Wheels||16" or 17" machine-finished alloy wheels|
*MPGe or miles per gallon gasoline equivalent measures the average distance traveled per unit of energy consumed. It’s used instead of miles per gallon for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Charging the Nissan LEAF PLUS at Home
The Nissan LEAF PLUS is super easy to charge at home if you can install a charger, getting a full 240-mile charge in under 12 hours using a 240V Level 2 charger like ChargePoint Home. If you can only access a wall outlet, it’s simple (though slower), to charge the LEAF PLUS using the Level 1 charger that comes with the car: that will take about two and a half days from empty.
Charging the Nissan LEAF PLUS at Work and Around Town
More and more workplaces are offering EV charging as an amenity for employees. If your company doesn’t yet, ask about the option and you may soon enjoy the convenience of charging up while you work the day away. While you may not have noticed them if you don’t already drive an EV, there are often charging spots at restaurants, stores and other places you spend time. Charging at work or around town is a great way to keep your EV near full range.
For Level 2 charging at work or around town, the LEAF PLUS uses the universal J1772 connector, which you'll find at every ChargePoint Level 2 charging station. Like charging at home, the best part about charging at work or around town is that you can go about your day while charging, instead of waiting around for your EV to refuel. You can discover places to charge near you in the ChargePoint app and just tap your phone on any station to start charging.
Fast Charging the Nissan LEAF PLUS
Fast charging is perfect for adding mileage quickly during long trips or when you really need a charge. The LEAF PLUS uses the popular CHAdeMO fast charging port and is said to be able to add about 80 percent of battery capacity (180 miles) in 45 minutes at a 100 kW fast charger.
It’s simple to find fast charging spots and check the cost of fast charging in the ChargePoint app. If you select the Nissan LEAF PLUS as your vehicle when setting up your ChargePoint account, the app will only show you fast charging spots that work with your EV. Once you find a station, you can check the estimated cost to charge in the app, then start a fast charge just like any other charge: simply tap your phone on a ChargePoint Express station, then plug in.
How Much Will It Cost to Charge the Nissan LEAF PLUS?
It will cost** drivers about $4.93 to go 100 miles in the LEAF PLUS. Much better than paying for gas. Plus, keep in mind that most ChargePoint stations are free to use, so you won’t always be paying to charge. Many businesses offer charging for free or at their cost because they want you to visit. The cost of charging can vary between different EV charging stations and networks. ChargePoint station owners set their own charging and parking fees depending on their needs, and you can always check station details in the app for the latest pricing information.
The cost to charge at home will vary depending on how much you drive and how much electricity costs in your area (and if you can get a special EV charging rate plan). Get a sense of how much you can save by driving the LEAF PLUS using our EV savings calculator.
In addition, you can save even more with the many incentives for buying an electric car or home charger. Getting money back for driving electric helps offset the slightly higher price point of some EVs (though the LEAF is super affordable).
Where Else Will We See the LEAF PLUS?
The longevity of the Nissan LEAF, first released in 2010, has made it a favorite of municipal and commercial fleets. Now that the PLUS adds range to the popular model, look for more fleets to embrace the update to this familiar brand alongside other 200+ mile BEVs. In addition to the other advantages of the PLUS, Clean Fleet Reports notes that it will "be cheaper to operate with its exceptional reliability and quality, plus a great warranty that covers not only workmanship, but also battery degradation."
Are you excited about the LEAF PLUS? Don’t forget to sign up for ChargePoint when you get yours.
**Cost to drive X miles = (X miles / electric range of vehicle) * size of battery pack * cost of electricity (average $0.18/kWh on paid public charging sessions on ChargePoint)