NissanLeaf is one of the most popular battery electric vehicles (BEV) on the market. It’s compact, has a hefty battery range, and is affordably priced—for an
EV, anyway. But how long does it take to charge a Nissan Leaf? The answer depends on the voltage being used, which can vary. The Nissan Leaf may also be a popular compact BEV, but it has stiff competition when compared to the venerable Chevy Bolt and VW ID.4, both of which give the Nissan Leaf a run for its money.
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#1: The Nissan Leaf
Wolfchase Nissanoutlines, charging times will vary depending on the voltage being used. A Level 1 charger takes nearly 20 hours to get your Nissan Leaf to 100% capacity, so unless you’re parked in the garage or driveway, this isn’t a great option.
A Level 2 charger is the most common voltage variety that Nissan Leaf owners are likely to come across. Wolfchase Nissan reports that with a 40 kWh battery, you can charge your Leaf’s battery from empty to fully-charged in a matter of 8 hours, while the 65 kWh battery option can go from empty to fully-charged in 11.5 hours using a Level 2.
The pace is unbelievably quick with a 480-volt
public DC quick-chargingstation: just 40 minutes to get to 100% capacity with a 40 kWh battery, and 60 minutes with the 65 kWh battery.
#2: The VW ID.4
When it comes to quick charging on a Level 1 station, the VW iD.4 is anything but. As
InsideEVsexplains, the VW ID.4 takes a whopping 50 hours to charge. A Level 2 charging station takes the speed up to 7.5 hours (far longer than most people are willing to wait in public) and DC Level 3 fast-charging speeds slide in at a little over an hour. The VW ID.4 ranks in 2nd due to its Level 1 charging speeds, which some people may have to use at home.
#3: The Chevy Bolt
The Chevy Bolt is one of the Nissan Leaf’s main contenders, but it’s a lot slower than either the ID.4 or the Leaf.
Jack Buford Chevroletgives a rundown on the Chevy Bolt’s charging times, and it’s slower than the Nissan Leaf at every charging speed—taking almost 3 days to reach 100% capacity at Level 1 charging speeds (110-volts).
For Level 2 charging, the Chevy Bolt can be fully-charged in about 9.5 hours, and at Level 3 charging (480 volts) the Chevy Bolt can reach 100% in about 90 minutes. Not bad, but not as quick as the Nissan Leaf.
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