If you want to use your LEAF for a long distance trip, you really need level 3 charging…and a level 3 charging port. In Japan, Nissan is setting up a L3 charging network via their dealership base, so that there is one available L3 on the SL for drives on the I-5, ‘only’ $700: If you want to use your LEAF for a long distance trip, you really need level 3 charing. In Japan, Nissan is setting up a L3 charging network via their dealership base, so that there is one available within a 40-kilometer radius throughout the country. We are not so lucky here in North America. Still, for some us, the infrastructure will be there to take that long drive…if not today, then someday.
But there was so many questions left unanswered by Nissan about the L3 option on the LEAF. Would it be available in all regions? Both trim levels? How much would it cost? Would one of the zillions of government incentives out there right now pick up part (or all) of the cost? If we did not take the option at purchase, could we get it later? And on, and on, and…
The last update we had on the L3 option, which would allow the car to almost be fully charged in 25 minutes, was from Mark Perry (Nissan rep) this past June 1st, when he had said, “all Nissan Leafs will ship with the level three charging receptacle installed”
Great. Now we know that it will at least look like we have it; but that probably won’t do me a lot of good when I am 80 miles from home and now have to wait 8 hours for the car to recharge to return. A little piece of molded plastic is of little comfort.
Well, one of our community, Tom Tweed, decided he had waited long enough and got the answer for himself, and graciously posted his chat transcript in our forum. (thanks Tom!) I will highlight the details between Tom and ‘Jesse’ (from Nissan Electric Vehicle Customer Support) in case you have a aversion to clicking:
On the Nissan site, under the specs for the SL, it says:
“All the features of our standard SV PLUS…”
QuickCharger *optional”. Does that mean I pay extra for it beyond the SL package?
Yes. The level 3 charging port is an optional add on available on the SL package.
So it is not included automatically and is an add-on cost?
The quick charge port is not automatically included. However if you are approved for the free charger from ECOtality the port will be included as part of that project.
That’s what I thought. Thanks for your help. If I do not qualify, how much is the quick-charge option going to cost? I wouldn’t buy a Leaf without it.
The charging dock is an accessory to purchase the estimated cost included installation is $2,200 and is currently eligible for a tax credit of 50% of the cost up to a total credit of $2,000.
I know that, I mean the Level 3 QuickCharge Port in the car, for recharging at commercial stations.
That information is not yet available. It should be when ordering begins.
I definitely want the capability of getting an 80% charge in 30 minutes from a 440V charger at remote locations in the community. I understand about the home charging system and it is 220V and 6-8 hours to charge. This doesn’t help when you want to go further than 100 miles in a day. I just don’t understand yet what it is going to cost me to include this capability in my car, and from what you are telling me, I still don’t know, unless I qualify for the free charger, and then ECOtality will pay for it?
Right if approved for the free charger with ECOtality then the level 3 port will be included. The pricing information for the port is not available and will only be an available add on with the SL trim level.
OK, I guess I just have to be patient and wait for the forthcoming details. Thanks! Over and out.
Nissan LEAF’s L3 CHAdeMO and L2 J-1772 receptacle. The LEAF also comes with a 25 foot long L1 cable with a J-1772 plug on one end.
Further to this conversation we do have some pricing information on the L3 option. Nothing ‘officially’ official mind you, but many of the dealers coming back from the ‘lets learn about the LEAF’ convention are putting the number at $700, which seems reasonable…and why not trust them on this one?
(Although, I confess the last time I trusted a dealer was when I ordered a Trans Am WS6 in 1998 that I was told would be “in by Christmas” and ended up waiting until the following summer before giving up)