Nicolett
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New member asking about the need for a charging station

I am thinking about getting a Leaf, I was wondering if these cars do have fast charging and if yes, should I go for a special charging station or should I buy and install at home a special charging station?
OldManCan
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Re: Counter argument to charge time naysayers

Nicolett wrote: Wed Apr 20, 2022 7:28 am I am thinking about getting a Leaf, I was wondering if these cars do have fast charging and if yes, should I go for a special charging station or should I buy and install at home a special charging station?
Yes all LEAF except early models have fast charging that uses a connector type called Chademo. You can download an app called Plugshare to seek charging stations in your area that support Chademo for fast charging.

Preferred mode of operation is to install a 240V power outlet in your home if you have a suitable garage etc and charge at home overnight. Typically this is when you might get better rates from your power utility company. New LEAF all come with the required charging device/cable to accommodate charging at home on regular 120V (slow) or 240V (L2 charge speed at about 10% charge each hour on a Plus model).

Make sure to seek and read the Used LEAF buying guide on this forum if you're going the used car route.

Used Leaf buying guide: https://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?p=538030

Best of luck.
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Re: New member asking about the need for a charging station

There are several charging modes for a Leaf. The generic terms are L1, L2 and L3. On a Leaf, L1 = 120V, L2 =240V and L3 = CHAdeMO.

L1 is slowest and L3 is fastest. L3 (CHAdeMO) requires a special, very expensive charger and is not something that you would put in your house. There are CHAdeMO stations around but they tend to be expensive to use, although some are free (mostly Nissan dealers).

L1 (120V) is slow but it can use an inexpensive EVSE (electric vehicle service equipment) cable. An EVSE is really just a 'smart' extension cord that plugs into a wall receptacle and supplies either 120V or 240V to your Leaf. In this case the charger is actually inside the Leaf.

L2 (240V) is faster than L1 but slower than L3. This is also used by many people at home but you need an appropriate 240V receptacle to plug it into.

Besides voltage, the current draw is also very important. The power delivered to charge the car is voltage * current (watts). Nearly all 120V (L1) chargers will use at most 12A so they can be plugged into any normal 120V outlet in your house. When using 240V (L2) there are various current ratings available but the circuit and receptacle you use must be capable of supplying the necessary current.

Finally, not every Leaf can use CHAdeMO. Some models do not have a CHAdeMO plug so they cannot use L3. There are also some difference between the charger inside the Leaf when using L1 or L2. Some Leafs can accept up to 6.6kW while some only accept up to 3.3kW.

I know this is a lot of information to digest all at once but if you have a Leaf model or year/trim that you are considering, please ask about that and you can get a much better idea of how fast it can charge.

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