2013 Nissan Leaf Consumer Review: DC fast charger not needed, bu

2013 Nissan Leaf - Consumer Review

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S 4dr Hatchback (0-cyl. Electric 1-speed Direct Drive)

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DC fast charger not needed, but 6.6KW is a must!
By frugaldave1298 on


2013 Nissan Leaf S 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)


Had the car for 1300 miles and 1 month. Great car. Purchased after I got tired of waiting for the new Smart ED which had repeated delays.

We got the base S model with the $1300 DC Fast Charge option.
SL, SV models come with the 6.6KW onboard charger that charges your car at about 30% per hour.
The old 3.3KW charger (still standard on the S) gives you about half that charging rate meaning you'll be forced to wait longer when charging out in town.
This is a huge deal!
The fast charge option adds the high speed DC charge 30 mins 0-80% and upgrades the 3.3kw to the 6.6kw onboard.
That is a big deal!
In hindsight, prob should have just gotten the mid-grade Leaf with the 6.6w charger.

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Car loos a bit odd as it sits so high, and yet that is good for ground clearance and parking curbs, so I guess it's welcome. Not as peppy as I thought after reading some reviews, but certainly adequate. Of course people will want more range, but with that comes additional cost. Maybe an "Extended range model that adds 50 miles more range for $5k more? Seems possible and a reasonable request. Not really needed for our purposes, but would be a nice option for some to choose from. People that have the money would pay for it!
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By marcin
on 09/03/13 09:51 AM (PDT)

Do you charge on 110v or 240v circuit with the 6.6KW charger? Does it matter which charger I get when 110v is the only option available?

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