Nissan Leaf range, battery & charging

When it comes to real-world range, it’s hard to overstate how impressive the Nissan Leaf is

Range Slow charge Fast charge Rapid charge
168-239 miles 16-20 hours (3.7kW) 7-11hrs (6.6kW) 40-60mins (50kW, 20-80%)

The Nissan Leaf has many tools in its armoury to maximise the number of miles it can travel on a charge. It has also been developed from the ground up as an electric car, so comes with none of the design compromises that can affect electric vehicles based on a cars originally designed to be powered by an internal-combustion engine.

Nissan Leaf range

The Nissan Leaf’s claimed range has been calculated using the latest testing procedure, which has been designed to be more representative of what you’ll see in the real world. Nissan says 168 miles is possible on a single charge and in our own tests, we’ve consistently achieved more than 160 miles, which is good if still a little way off what you'll get in a 39kWh Hyundai Kona Electric.

Naturally, your Leaf’s range will vary based not only on how you drive it, but also on the accessories you use, such as air-conditioning. As with other electric cars, cold weather can affect your range, so you can expect the total driving range to dip as low as 130 miles in cold weather or if you drive mostly on the motorway (where electric cars are less efficient than they are around town and on slower roads).

The most expensive Leaf e+ version boosts the possible range to 239 miles.

Charge time

The Nissan Leaf has a battery capacity of 40kWh and can be charged from a normal domestic, three-pin socket in your house using the standard cable provided. This takes around 20 hours to charge the battery from a low battery warning to 100%.

Most buyers will charge using a home or workplace wallbox charger, which you can plug into with the standard 5-metre Type 2 cable that the car comes with. A 7kW charger will take just under eight hours to charge from the low battery warning to 100%, while a 3.3kW charger takes double the time, at 16 hours. This same cable also gives you access to the vast majority of public chargers found in town-centre car parks, gyms and shopping centres, but eight hours is the fastest charge you'll ever get in the Leaf from an AC charging point. 

For top-up charging on the move, Leaf owners can also use a CHAdeMO 50kW rapid charger. This will charge the battery from 20% to 80% in between 40 and 60 minutes (gaining around 100 miles of range), but it's a shame that the Nissan isn't equipped with 100kW charging capacity as rivals like the Hyundai Kona, Kia e-Niro and forthcoming Volkswagen ID.3. Not only that, but (while there are some 1600 CHAdeMO-compatible public chargers across the UK) the CCS port used on all of the Nissan's rivals is now the standard electric car connection and is the more common type of charger. 

It’s worth noting the actual time may vary based on factors such as the type of charger used, the battery temperature and the ambient temperature.

All Nissan Leafs come with a three-pin charging cable for charging using a household socket and a Type 2 charging cable for wallbox charging, both of which are 5 metres long.

Battery warranty

The Nissan Leaf has an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty. As well as the main warranty, which covers all electric-related components for five years/60,000 miles, the car's battery warranty gives a ‘state of health’ guarantee that protects against battery capacity loss. Should it drop below nine out of the 12 bars on the Leaf’s display, you’ll be covered.

Battery lease

Nissan doesn’t currently offer a battery lease scheme, as the battery is bought with the car.