Depending on your charging setup, the charge time for the 2018
Nissan Leafcan range from 60 minutes to around 24 hours.
The 2018 model of the Nissan Leaf served as the release of the second generation of Nissan’s electric vehicles. With this release, Nissan increased the battery size to 40.0 kWh (from 29.9 kWh) and revamped the exterior styling to a more contemporary look. As a result, the 2018 Nissan Leaf sold a record level of 87,149 units globally.
Considering the Nissan Leaf is still in its second generation, much of the information about its charge time will also be applicable to the forthcoming 2023 release (and potentially beyond, depending on when the third generation comes around).
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How long does a 2018 Nissan Leaf take to charge?
Depending on the method of recharging, it will take between 60 minutes and roughly 24 hours to fully recharge the 40.0 kWh battery of your 2018 Nissan Leaf.
Now, we get it, that’s a pretty wide range. You're going to need a more specific answer to plan your day around. So let’s look at the types of chargers that influence how long it takes to fully recoup the 151-mile range of your 2018 Nissan Leaf’s battery.
At-home charging speeds for a 2018 Nissan Leaf
One of the biggest perks of owning an EV is being able to recharge your car from the comfort of your garage. But not all electrical outlets are made the same.
Let’s start with a Level 1 charger, your standard 120-volt household outlet. This is the slowest option, so you’ll want to allow the better part of a day to recharge your battery completely. According to multiple reports, it can take anywhere from 16 to 26 hours.
Your second option for at-home charging is to install a 240-volt Level 2 charger, which will cut your recharge time down to seven or eight hours. However, you may not have to install this Level 2 outlet at all. Some houses already have these unique outlets as they are commonly used for appliances such as washing machines, A/C units, or refrigerators. If you don’t have an existing outlet, you will need to purchase additional equipment.
It’s important to note only the SV and SL trims came with the fast-charging CHAdeMO connection and charging cord required for at-home charging. The base S model needed an additional Charge Package for $1,590 to obtain this equipment. Since the 2018 model is no longer in active production, you’ll need to find the charging equipment on the aftermarket or make sure it’s included in your purchase of a used model—just something to keep in mind!
Lastly, don’t worry about waking up in the middle of the night to unplug your vehicle from the charger. Once your Nissan Leaf’s battery reaches a full charge, the charging port cuts off electricity automatically.
Public charging speeds for a 2018 Nissan Leaf
Don’t have all day to recharge your vehicle? Don’t worry! There are over 6,000 public Level 3 DC quick charging stations across the country that offer 480 volts of charging power. Here’s how efficient these charging stations are:
- 60% charged (90 miles of range) = 30 minutes
- 80% charged (120 miles of range) = 40 minutes
- 100% charged (151 miles of range) = 60 minutes
Level 3 DC fast chargers can be found in convenient locations near shopping plazas, parking garages, and recreational areas. Having trouble finding one? Here is a
map of all public charging stations (Levels 1, 2, and 3)compliments of the U.S. Department of Energy.
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