Using a 10 Amp or 16 Amp socket takes approximately 5 – 6 hours for a 100% charge and about 4 – 5 hours for 80% charge. If your battery still has say 50% charge in it, then it will only take approximately half these times to get to your desired level of charge.
The charging cable which comes with Japanese imported Nissan Leafs is not compliant in New Zealand and is replaced with a New zealand compliant one upon arrival. There are several options to suit different needs. We recommend this cable as a starting point.
Alternatively, a dedicated charger or 16 Amp sockets can be installed at your home by a qualified Electrician for approximately $300 – $500. Whilst you can use a standard household socket to charge, it is advisable to have an Electrician check the capability of the circuit and whether it is able to take the load of charging a vehicle. Installing a dedicated charging point directly to the main fuse board in your house can supply up to 32 Amps, at which the later model Nissan Leafs are capable of charging. This doubled charging current halves the charging times.
We recommend Lind Electrical who are based in Torbay, Auckland. Allen has many years experience as an Electrician and drives an ENV-200 and is well versed in the requirements for charging at home. Allen would be happy to give you a quote. You may contact him on 09 972 2588
Other accessories for charging are the Mini Plus Adapter which will allow you to charge from a standard 3 pin, 10 Amp plug to a 16 Amp caravan socket found at most NZ camping grounds.
When out and about, Fast DC charging is possible for the Leaf. This charges to 80% charge from flat in 30 minutes. These are growing in popularity in public places. More common are the public standard AC charge stations.
A comparison of charging types can be found in the following table:
||Max charge time
|DC Fast Charger
||Up to 62.5
Credit: Sam Holford’s Leaf Buyers Guide v1.1, 26 December 2016
Nissan recommend that that the battery is charged to 80% as much as possible, as opposed to 100%. This will give longer overall battery life and capacity.