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Nissan LEAF Q&A

WHAT IS YOUR CHARGING ROUTINE?

Top Top DAVID N, IL

I CHARGE TO 100% EVERY DAY.

I commute 52 miles round trip to work. I will usually plug-in when I get home for an hour or two just in case I need to run some errands. We use the LEAF to run kids to practice, games, or do grocery shopping.

Top Top JOEL E, NC

DRIVE TO WORK, PLUG IT IN, DRIVE HOME

Totally worry-free. Weekends I have to do a little more planning ahead since we don't have a charging station at home.

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Top Top NEAL W, HI

I SIMPLY GET HOME AND LIKE A SMARTPHONE, I PLUG IT IN

and when I go out the next day it’s fully charged.

Top Top KEITH L, CA

I LIVE IN A CONDO AND PLUG INTO THE 120 VOLT WALL OUTLET.

Takes all night to charge but it's ready for me in the morning. I pay the association (HOA) for the cost of power.

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Nissan Leaf Electric Dictionary Trickle Charge

EV Term Level 1 charging, or trickle charging, is possible by plugging your EV into any regular 110 or 120 volt outlet. It’s not the fastest way to charge, but it is certainly the most available.

Top Top TOM W, TN

PRETTY SIMPLE. WHEN I PULL INTO OUR GARAGE EITHER MY 10-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER OR I PLUG IN THE LEAF RIGHT AWAY.

Our charging station has an 18-foot cord, and it never takes more than 30 seconds to activate. I always do it first thing upon returning home, because there's no reason to put it off. If you live in an area where the cost of electricity drops after a certain time at night, the LEAF has a timing device. Also, there are no worries about over-charging or wasting electricity, because as soon as the batteries are at capacity the LEAF automatically shuts down the charging process.

Top Top ALEX W

WE USE THE CHARGE TIMER TO CHARGE IN THE MORNINGS.

If we anticipate a lot of driving in the evening we turn off the charge timer when we plug in when we get home from work which usually has it topped off by dinner.

Top Top JOSHUA L, WA

I SET MY "END" TIMER FOR 6:45,

so my charging occurs at what would be super off-peak hours. However, my utility doesn't offer TOU metering either.

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Nissan Leaf Electric Dictionary Time Of Use

Electric Vehicle Time-of-Use (EV-TOU) rates are special lower rates for EV drivers who charge their vehicle during off-peak hours.

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Top Top RON B

I JUST PLUG INTO THE HOUSE 120 VOLT SYSTEM A COUPLE OF NIGHTS EACH WEEK.

We don't need a rapid charger system....although we did get the port for doing that should the need arise. [*]

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Nissan Leaf Electric Dictionary 6.6 charger

EV Term The 6.6kW onboard charger plugs into your 240-volt home charging dock to rapidly charge your Nissan LEAF in about 5 hours. [*]

Top Top ANDREW N, TN

I HAVE A LEVEL 2 CHARGER AT HOME AND I TRICKLE CHARGE AT WORK.

We have a lot of fast chargers on the nearby interstates but I use them very rarely.

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Nissan Leaf Electric Dictionary Level 2

EV Term A charger that uses a common 220 or 240 volt household current to charge your LEAF® in about 8 hours. [*]

Top Top JOHN M, FL

WHEN I AM OUT AND ABOUT.

Most public chargers in my area are free so, I try to top off whenever I can. My electric company does not have TOU rates and even with 12 cents per KWh, charging at home is not all that costly.

Top Top SCOTT L, CA

I CHARGE AT NIGHT.

If I have to venture too far outside of my normal routine, I'll charge up at the office or use quick charger on the SF peninsula if I have to go north too far.

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Nissan Leaf Electric Dictionary Direct Current Quick Charger

EV Term Direct Current Quick Chargers (DCQC) are capable of charging a vehicle to 80% within 30 minutes.

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Top Top JOEL E, NC

I CHARGE AT WORK,

and if I need a little extra, I use the trickle charger at home.

Top Top JASON L

GET YOUR CHARGE ACCOUNTS SETUP AND THE CARDS READY ONCE YOU HAVE THE LEAF.

Many public charging stations now require an account authenticated by a card. Even some free stations require an account. Set up both Blink and ChargePoint accounts. [*]

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Nissan Leaf Electric Dictionary ChargePoint

ChargePoint® is the world's largest network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the US. With the ChargePoint® app on your smartphone, take advantage of one of the largest independent charging networks to plan trips, reserve stations, and monitor your power. [*]

Top Top STEVE A

TRICKLE CHARGE AT WORK AND HOME.

The drive is 25 miles each way, so when I'm done at work, it's topped off—and when I wake up, it's also topped off.

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