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Nissan LEAF

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Nissan Leaf charge ports (CHAdeMO and J1772), courtesy of Nissan
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Description

The Nissan LEAF was built from the ground up to be an EV. It is a 5-seater, 4-door hatchback based on Versa/Tiida platform. The LEAF has an 80kW electric motor, powered by Nissan/NEC Li-ion batteries stowed in the floorboard of the vehicle. The batteries will recharge in about 4 hours from a home charger and will charge from 0-80% in less than 30 minutes with a DC quick charger. The 2013 LEAF includes a new "S" model, which has a lower price point. The 2013 model also has an available 6.6kW charger, which reduces charge time to 4 hours on a Level 2 circuit.

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Specs

Vehicle Type: 
Cars & Trucks
Drivetrain: 
EV
Range: 
75 mi
Target: 
Now Available
Top Speed: 
90 mph
Connector Type: 
J1772
Connector Type: 
CHAdeMO
Price (USD): 
$28,800

Comments

drwho102003's picture

Can the S or SL using existing socket outlets in my garage ?

I'm ok with using the trickle charge cable. I just want to use my garage's existing socket outlets... Is that possible ? Or I need Nissan to come out and install some sort of station inside my garage ? Thanks.
Plug In America's picture

Re: Can the S or SL using existing socket outlets in my garage ?

Yes. The trickle charge cable should be able to use your garage's existing outlets. It will draw continuously from the outlet for a while, so make sure the outlet is in good shape. If you're OK with the speed of the trickle charge cable, it can serve as your only charging source, no problem.
drwho102003's picture

Does the model S come with an 6 - 7 inch display in the center ?

does the S come with some sort of display in the middle ? I'm OK not seeing maps on the center console as I can always get a clip of some sort and mount my iPhone over the air vents. But, I would like to use Siri via Bluetooth. I do have a portable Motorola Bluetooth mic and speaker but would like to use the car's built-in mic if it can pick up my voice more accurately especially in the presence of cabin noise. This means that the car's built-in mic has to pick up my voice and send it to Siri over Bluetooth and audio coming out of my iPhone will then go to the car's speakers via Bluetooth. Has anyone tried this before ? thanks.
PaulV3's picture

Leaf Display

Yes, but the model S does not have sat nav, and certain other features for the center panel. If it has a rear camera, this is where it will display, as well as the bluetooth etc.
Greg Washburn's picture

Leaf owner for 1 year 3 months

I've owned my Leaf for one year and 3 months. At first I was disappointed reading about how leasing is a better deal than buying, but after doing the math (including the tax credit), the difference is not that large. I paid $26,500 after tax credit for my loaded Leaf SL. It has roughly a $20K resale value now. Leasing would have cost me about $4K for the 15 months vs. my $6.5K depreciation; not a big difference. The first year is the worse for depreciation so I think I'll come out ahead in the long run if I keep it for a while. I love the car. Range has never been a issue. No maintenance to speak of. I brought it to the dealer for the first scheduled maintenance at 7500 miles and it cost $0! They just rotate the tires and inspect everything. It's quiet and comfortable and drives just like a regular car. The only difference is I plug it in at night instead of stopping at gas stations. I found that the 110v trickle charger that comes with the car works fine for me, no need to spend extra for a 220v charging station. I just plug in at night about every other day and I'm fully charged in the morning, ready to go. Love it!
drwho102003's picture

can the Leaf S or SL use my current outlets in my garage ?

Hi, I'm thinking of getting either a Leaf S or SL and I'm ok with using the trickle charge cable. I just want to use my garage's existing socket outlets... Is that possible ? Or I need Nissan to come out and install some sort of station inside my garage ? Also, does the S come with some sort of display in the middle ? I'm OK not seeing maps on the center console as I can always get a clip of some sort and mount my iPhone over the air vents. But, I would like to use Siri via Bluetooth. I do have a portable Motorola Bluetooth mic and speaker but would like to use the car's built-in mic if it can pick up my voice more accurately especially in the presence of cabin noise. This means that the car's built-in mic has to pick up my voice and send it to Siri over Bluetooth and audio coming out of my iPhone will then go to the car's speakers via Bluetooth. Has anyone tried this before ? Thanks.
Greg Washburn's picture

Leaf owner for 1 year 3 months

I've owned my Leaf for one year and 3 months. At first I was disappointed reading about how leasing is a better deal than buying, but after doing the math (including the tax credit), the difference is not that large. I paid $26,500 after tax credit for my loaded Leaf SL. It has roughly a $20K resale value now. Leasing would have cost me about $4K for the 15 months vs. my $6.5K depreciation; not a big difference. The first year is the worse for depreciation so I think I'll come out ahead in the long run if I keep it for a while. I love the car. Range has never been a issue. No maintenance to speak of. I brought it to the dealer for the first scheduled maintenance at 7500 miles and it cost $0! They just rotate the tires and inspect everything. It's quiet and comfortable and drives just like a regular car. The only difference is I plug it in at night instead of stopping at gas stations. I found that the 110v trickle charger that comes with the car works fine for me, no need to spend extra for a 220v charging station. I just plug in at night about every other day and I'm fully charged in the morning, ready to go. Love it!
Anonymous's picture

Very Happy SoCal 12' LEAF owner

I can't say enough good things about this vehicle. I've had it since Nov 12' and have about 6k miles on it already. It was one of the last 2012's available and the dealerships were trying to clear them out. I leased it with $0 down and pay $303 per month including tax. I also negotiated 15k miles per year because my wife drives a lot. Not long trips, just a lot of little ones every day which isn't efficient for a gas car. She did have to get used to driving the car when the energy gage showed only 20 miles left. She's the kind that fills the gas tank up when it falls below 1/2 tank. I've learned to drive it "correctly" which means maximizing the miles you can get out of each charge - it does take some effort at first. Watching the energy meter on the dashboard makes this possible. It's still very cool to me that we're getting around without spending a drop on gas. My power company is SDGE (San Diego Gas and Electric). I called them and was put on their EV2 plan (at no cost) and my energy bill actually has a lower monthly average than before I had the car. With this plan, avoid using energy during the peak hours of 12pm-6pm and you will be fine. Paying the $600+ for a Level 2 charger is not worth it at this point for me. The standard Level 1 charger charges the car just fine when I plug it in at 8-9pm and unplug it at 7am the next day.
Jim S's picture

LEAF 2013

Nissan is working to reduce cost and make the LEAF better in each 2 year model cycle. The 2013 will be make in Smyrna Tennessee and that reduces shipping cost. They have made the electric motor and other parts lighter and improved the battery a little. I think the new prices will help sales jump not to mention we all know gas prices will jump again. One note, Nissan expects, and it is wise to only lease the LEAF. That way if they keep reducing costs you can benefit on each new lease. If you own your used LEAF may drop some in value. Any high tech product changes so fast that leasing works to your advantage. Also the battery does best in mild climates. Be very careful in hot areas as the heat can make the capacity drop and stay that way. So you can see if you lease you don't have to worry as much and can enjoy the most affordable EV in the world.
jstack6's picture

LEAF Desert battery April 2014

We are on our 2nd LEAF, each has lost 10% battery capacity in the Phoenix heat. Nissan has a new Desert battery coming out in April 2014 so I may buy my next LEAF instead of lease. They have been testing it at 140F day and night and is doing very well they say. I'm not sure what that will mean so I can't wait for a few to get into Phoenix owners LEAFs so we can see how real world testing goes. This could make a great EV even better. Their heating and Air conditioning systems are a very efficient heat pump. It seems to use less than half what other EV system use. At least when I compare it to our 2013 Focus EV that we also leased. The Focus has liquid cooled battery and controller but still seems to have lost 10% in the summer. Nissan also has a battery lease program starting in 2014. $99 a month with the same 8 year 60% warranty as the car. That could be great with the new desert battery. We'll see.

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