LEAF Frequently Asked Questions
What is the range of a LEAF?
The 2018 Nissan LEAF S, SV, and SL models all have a range of 151 miles. This suits most commutes for Rochester residents, as the average work commute is only 21.2 minutes (about 10-15 miles).
How long does it take to charge from empty?
• Level 1 charger (110-120v) about 24 hours (3-5 miles per hour of charge).
• Level 2 charger (208-240v) – 7.5 hours (22 miles per hour of charge).
• DC fast charger (480v DC) to 80% in about roughly 20 minutes (Quick charge capability is available with the SV and SL models).
Where can I charge, and is it free?
The Nissan LEAF features a charging map on its navigation screen that will show you where charging stations are and how to get there. The charging map also lets you add filters to your search, so you can search for chargers by payment type or station type.
How does a LEAF handle in the snow?
Remarkably well due to its low center of gravity and efficient traction control and vehicle dynamic control systems. You can purchase snow tires for increased traction as you might with other sedan models. The 2018 Nissan LEAF is front-wheel drive.
What happens to mileage during the winter?
The mileage will go down slightly, but it will also depend on driving style, heating etc. Battery capacity is decreased at low temperatures.
How will charging a LEAF at home affect my electricity bill?
According to average driving habits of Rochestarians, it seems to vary by about $20 to $30 per month based on 11 cents per kWh.
What servicing do LEAFs need?
Very little. It is recommended to get your tires rotated every 6 months. Annually, it is recommended to replace the in-cabin microfilter and inspect various parts. In summary, there are few parts that break down or wear, and you can expect to cut your maintenance bill for your vehicle substantially!
Is it more expensive to insure a LEAF?
Insurance costs are comparable to similarly priced vehicles. We recommend you contact your insurance representative for more details.
What if I run out of power on the road?
Though this is highly unlikely because the LEAF comes with an accurate range estimator (like your gas gauge), the 2018 LEAF does come with 3 years of free 24/7 roadside assistance. Nissan will tow you and your LEAF to the nearest charging station, fully charge the LEAF and send you on your way at no cost for the 1st 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.