Nissan is currently working on offering a higher-rate on-board charger for the LEAF sometime in 2012. This new on-board charger will drastically shorten the vehicle’s current re-charging time of 8 hours.
During the Electrical Vehicle Market panel at the IEEE-USA 2011 Annual Meeting, Mark Perry, Nissan America’s director of product planning, subtly mentioned that the LEAF electric car now allows Level II 240-Volt charging at 3.3 kilowatts–”and we’ll raise that in a year or so.”
This information has not been officially announced by Nissan as of yet.
Perry didn’t give a specific model year for the change, but he did say the upgraded on-board charger could possibly be offered as optional equipment, instead of standard equipment. This is due to the higher cost of the more robust power electronics components.
Owners of the 2011 LEAF models, that want a Level II charge, will not be left out. Perry also said that any new charger offer would be designed so it could be retrofitted into existing vehicles: “We don’t want to orphan our first-year buyers.”