Nissan LEAF Q&A
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CHARGE YOUR NISSAN LEAF?
IT'S EASY TO SET THE CAR'S TIMER TO CHARGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHEN OUR ELECTRICITY IS CHEAPEST.
WE USUALLY CHARGE UP OVERNIGHT.
I set my charge timer to start at midnight. Make it easier for the power plant.
I CHARGE MINE AFTER 11PM.
I get a special EV rate and my electricity is half the normal rate.
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.
Some utilities may offer discounted electricity rates, second meter plans, or incentives for charging equipment. Contact your utility to learn about special programs for electric vehicles.[*]
I PLUG MINE IN AS SOON AS I GET HOME
and have it charge over night. No problems getting a full charge each day.
I CHARGE AT HOME AND AT WORK.
When at home I charge after 10 PM, at work (trickle charge only) I charge most of the day.
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.
We have 4 ChargePoint[*] stations at my office, and now the number of electric cars is growing. I hope we get more. Charging at my work is great because it's free, and a work-day is plenty of time to get a good charge. On weekends I trickle charge at home if we need more range. When we take trips, we try to go places where there are charging stations. Discovery Place in Charlotte is a great day outing with kids, and they have a charging station. Whole Foods in Charlotte has a charging station too, and is close to the mall there.
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. [*]
WE SWITCHED TO THE PEAK SERVICE WITH OUR POWER COMPANY,
which means we are on peak from 1pm to 8pm, so we wait to plug in until after 8PM. My power bill has only gone up 13 bucks over same time last year on this service.
I CHARGE MINE BETWEEN 1AM AND 6AM TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHEAP NIGHT TIME RATES.
I use public charging if I need to during the day.
USUALLY AT WORK.
On the weekend anytime as needed at home. If I need to drive more than 50 miles, I usually stop 10-15 min at a fast charger.
Direct Current Fast Chargers
EV Term Also known as fast chargers, Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) deliver a full charge in less than thirty minutes. They’re the fastest EV chargers around, and they’ll charge your LEAF® in about the time it takes to enjoy a great cup of coffee.
I AM ON A HOURLY RATE PROGRAM WITH MY ELECTRIC COMPANY
and the rates are extremely low between midnight and 6am so that is my best time to charge.
GENERALLY WE CHARGE AT OFF-PEAK TIMES WHEN RATES ARE LOWEST,
but with solar PV, we don't worry so much about needing to charge in the middle of the day if necessary. Then we are truly driving on sunshine.
Solar panels convert sunlight into energy that you can use to power your house and your LEAF®.
MAKES MINIMAL DIFFERENCE IN COST
but I still try to charge at "off-peak" hours so as to minimize the strain on the grid.
WHENEVER IT'S PARKED!!
I typically plug-in just before bedtime.
I NORMALLY CHARGE IT WHEN I GET HOME FROM WORK VIA A STANDARD 110 VOLT OUTLET
and disconnect when I leave the following morning. There are no variable rates changes in my city.
WHENEVER I PULL INTO THE GARAGE.
I ALWAYS PLUG IT IN, BUT HAVE THE INTERNAL CHARGING TIMERS LINE UP WITH EARLY SUNLIGHTS HOURS
...we have a solar PV array.
I OPTED FOR A TIME OF USE METER AS PART OF A PILOT PROGRAM HERE ON MAUI.
I get credited for the Solar PV electricity that I produce during the day at a higher rate than the off peak rate that the utility charges me at night, so I set my timer to start charging the car at 9:05 pm when my electricity rates drop.
WE SET THE TIMER TO HAVE IT CHARGED TO 80% BY THE TIME MY WIFE LEAVES FOR WORK AT 5:30 AM.
We do that to be easy on the battery and also to be considerate of the grid.
I MAINLY CHARGE OVERNIGHT WHILE ELECTRIC RATES ARE BOTTOMED OUT.
I utilize public charging when I'm out and about (whether I need it or not) just to bring awareness to its existence and to show demand. I am hoping that the more it's used, more will be rolled out in my area.