Nissan gave the Leaf a well-known five-door hatchback style in an effort to appeal to average drivers.  The car’s bottom has aerodynamic paneling, and the body is designed in a sharp V shape with big, upward-slanted headlights that divide and divert airflow away from the door mirrors.  By placing the battery, which weighs the most in most electric cars, behind the seats and the footwells in the back, the center of gravity of the car is kept as low as possible, and it has more structural rigidity than a typical five-door hatchback. 
The front wheels of the Leaf are driven by a front-mounted 80 kW (107 hp) and 280 Nm (207 ftlb) electric synchronous motor. The Leaf’s lithium ion battery capacity was initially 24 kWh and then raised to 30 kWh.  Automotive Energy Supply Corporation makes the battery. In the USA, it is guaranteed for eight years or 100,000 miles and for one million kilometers or five years in Europe. 
The battery pack only receives passive radiation cooling instead of active cooling.
Three of the 35,000 Leafs sold in Europe, or 0.01% of units, had a battery failure, according to a 2015 report by Warranty Direct. By comparison, the failure rate for internal combustion engined vehicles is 25 times higher.
According to Nissan, the 2013 model’s drag coefficient is 0.28 while that of the 2011 model is 0.29. In comparison to hybrid and internal combustion engine vehicles, the Leaf often costs less to operate.  Even with government subsidies for plug-in electric vehicles, the Leaf’s higher initial cost means that the fuel savings may not be realized for a longer period of time than with comparable internal combustion vehicles. 
The telematics system CarWings was initially installed in some vehicles. This utilized the 2G cellular network from 2011 to 2015. Many regions have switched off 2G, so upgrading the telematic control unit is necessary to use newer networks.  It was rebranded NissanConnectEV in 2016 and is offered without charge to owners, depending on the year and model, if equipped. It provides GPS data as of 2017 for navigating and finding charging stations. Additionally, it might have two-way communication with the vehicle, allowing for remote control of the climate control and charging status. 
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Nissan LEAF: Does it use gas?
The Nissan LEAF is an entirely electric vehicle; it doesn’t even need gas to power its motor. It is not a hybrid; rather, the enormous lithium-ion battery positioned along the car’s floor provides the energy required to power the electric motor located between its front wheels.
The Nissan LEAF is a plug-in hybrid, right?
With the Nissan LEAF’s optional 60 kWh battery, you can go up to 212 miles on a single charge. There are always three charging levels available, so a plug-in is never too far away. If you have a smartphone that is compatible, you can connect to your Nissan LEAF wherever you are.
How far can the Nissan LEAF travel?
The excellent power of the 2022 Nissan Leaf translates into an exceptional range. Two batteries are included to provide you with immediate acceleration and ecstasy. The typical 40kWh battery can travel up to 149 kilometers on a single charge and generates 147 horsepower. On the other side, the 62kWh battery that is readily available increases power. It has a 160kW motor that can produce 214 horsepower and propel the vehicle up to 226 kilometers on a single charge.
How long does the battery in a Nissan Leaf last?
Depending on where you are and what you do, you’ll receive a specific timeline for your car. Extreme heat, frequent recharging (such as twice or three times a day), and city driving all hasten the battery’s depletion. The Nissan LEAF was designed to endure as much of these typical battery killers as possible, so you would have to be very rough on your car before you saw a significant change.
The Nissan LEAF was designed to travel up to 107 miles a day on a highway without recharging (depending on the model you choose.) You may travel up to 90 miles in even the busiest metropolitan traffic without having to worry about running out of juice. The battery will eventually lose power, but the amount of mileage you obtain will steadily decrease. The erosion will probably only have a minimal impact on you because the ordinary American will travel significantly less than the daily maximums. When you take care of your car, the Nissan LEAF battery should last between 8 and 10 years.
What is the cost of charging a Nissan Leaf?
With an average US power price of $0.1285/kWh, recharging your Nissan Leaf to its full 149-mile range typically only costs $5.14. You will significantly reduce the amount of money you would normally spend on gas.
*Data from the US Energy Information Administration on average electricity prices for the nation and each state.
What issues does the Nissan Leaf have?
The Leaf has its share of issues, and we’ll go over the most prevalent ones in this post, just like any other car.
- loss of brake performance
- Unexpectedly Activated Brakes
- defective backup camera
- Airbag issues.
- Size of the battery.
- Competitive Minimum.
- Not All Public Charging Stations Are Compatible.
Charging stations are they free?
Using a few public chargers is cost-free. Those who charge a fee typically base it on the volume of energy delivered to the electric vehicle. Some fees are calculated per minute. Costs are influenced by the size of the battery, the charger’s output, and how effectively the energy is delivered to the vehicle.
My Nissan Leaf can I charge it at home?
The full battery electric car has essentially been the industry standard since 2010. Nissan’s most recent LEAF redesign includes more gadgets, is faster, more streamlined, and, most crucially, can travel farther between charges. Our favorite feature of the car, aside from “ProPILOT” (the equivalent of Tesla’s renowned “Autopilot”), is the “e-pedal,” which enables true one-pedal driving by allowing the vehicle to come to a gradual stop through regenerative braking without applying the brakes.
Charging time for a Nissan Leaf
The anticipated time needed to charge your Leaf from empty to full is shown in the table below. As charging tends to decelerate outside of this range to safeguard the battery, we indicate the time to charge for speedy charging from 20% to 80%.
Connector type and charging rates
A Type 2 connector allows you to charge your Nissan Leaf at home, the office, or a public charging station. Additionally, a CCS port is present for quick charging.
Where you can charge a Nissan Leaf
You can conveniently charge your Nissan Leaf at home, plug it in when you get to work, or top it off while you’re out and about at places like supermarkets and public parking lots (usually for free!).
How quickly can a Nissan Leaf be charged?
A Level 2 charger provides a charge at a speed of up to 25 miles per hour at either 208V (for commercial use) or 240V (for domestic use). A new Nissan LEAF will charge completely at 240V in about 812 hours. Nissan LEAFs with 40 kWh batteries require roughly 8 hours to fully charge, whilst Nissan LEAFs with 62 kWh batteries take about 12 hours.
While at home, charge your Nissan LEAF overnight, or use an EVgo Level 2 charging station throughout the day.
For your Nissan LEAF, charging has never been this quick and simple, whether you’re using a Level 2 charger or a fast charger.
Nissan Energy Perks Program by EVgo
Nissan collaborated on a charging initiative with EVgo, the biggest public rapid charging network in the country. This program provides retail consumers with a charge credit to utilize in the EVgo and EVgo roaming partners charging networks when buying or leasing a new eligible Nissan LEAF in selected markets.
How frequently should my Nissan Leaf be charged?
Calculate the average energy consumption of your daily drive (I just use the trip odo and dash energy economy meter), and then determine how long it will take your charger to recharge the energy. Give your automobile at least that much time to charge, during the time when your power utility charges the least, but before you leave for work each day. Every day of the week that you anticipate being a “normal drive” day, set the timer. The amount of charge in the car will gradually increase over several days, depending on how much ten-minute “rounding up” you had to do on the charging time. Skip plugging in that night when the charge is high enough to allow you to travel for two days while still having a comfort margin (say, 40% charge), but otherwise, plug in every night. Let the charge burn out as previously mentioned before resuming the nightly plug-in if you’re just switching to this policy from one of “let the car charge 100% every day.”
If you own a 2nd-gen (2018+) LEAF, you should be aware that whenever the vehicle departs from its GPS “home” position, the charging timers will be immediately disabled. After only five years of pleading on the forums, I was surprised that Nissan’s designers would add something so helpful. However, I highly recommend it because you won’t have to remember to press the “timer override” button if you ever need to use a public L1/L2 charger. Another advantage is that charging will continue if someone needs to unplug and replug your car (at least, it COULD, depending on the arrangements on the EVSE itself).
Of course, you may set up the other timer for your weekends if they are equally repeatable but have a different normal travel distance.
Is the Nissan Leaf a trustworthy vehicle?
This generation of Leaf received a high score of 98.6% in the reliability survey. Despite ranking 27th out of 30 manufacturers, Nissan as a brand no longer enjoys the best reputation for dependability, largely as a result of its classic petrol and diesel vehicles.
How much time can a Nissan Leaf be charged?
The LEAF has a 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an 80kW electric motor that allow it to go about 100 miles on a single charge.