What are the battery charging requirements of the Nissan Leaf? How many hours does it have to be charged? Where else can you charge the vehicle?
Charging a Nissan Leaf is as simple as having your mobile phones re-charged. Most owners will have the electric vehicle charged overnight at home. A full charge can take about 7 hours with a 208-240V home-charging station. Charging can go faster than this using a 480V charging system, which is available in some markets. Charging time will be significantly reduced. In just about 30 minutes, 80% charge can be achieved. You won't only get to charge the battery at home but also in other locations. The ChargePoint map outlines the different charger locations and stations along your route.
On a single charge, how much distance can the Leaf cover? What affects the driving range?
Driving range can vary depending on the driving style or habit, road condition, weather, driving situation, and battery age. Most would, however, estimate the range to reach up to 100 miles. This range is the same estimated distance covered on a single charge on the LA4 drive cycle, the laboratory tests of which were done using the EPA test methodology. The EPA rating for the Nissan Leaf is about 73 miles, based on the five-cycle tests using different climate control and driving conditions.
What are the benefits of driving a Nissan Leaf? Is it safe to drive?
If you focus on the cost of driving the Leaf in the long run, you can find great savings from owning this eco-friendly vehicle. Unlike most vehicles, it won't cost too much to run. You can also get tax savings from this. The federal government offers up to $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicle buyers and may provide tax credits for using a home charger. Some states and localities also offer incentives.
The Leaf can be charged easily. A single charge can cover a driving range of up to 100 miles, which can be enough for daily driving needs. The Leaf is quite easy to drive—it's smooth and quiet. As opposed to gas- and diesel-powered vehicles, there's zero emission. You leave behind less carbon footprint if you drive this eco-friendly vehicle. It's also safe to drive. It fared well in crash test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program.
What can affect performance and battery life?
The performance and battery life of the Leaf can be affected by driving patterns, the use of accessories such as the heater and A/C, outside ambient temperature or weather, and load. These will have an impact on the driving range. The 100-mile range can be reduced. The use of various accessories will make a difference to the expected battery life. Driving in cold weather will have an effect on battery life and performance as the Leaf is equipped with a good number of features. These include the battery warmer, heated seats in the front and rear, and a heated steering wheel for utmost comfort and convenience.