Nissan Leaf range, battery & charging

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

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. Impressive stuff.

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.

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. This takes 21 hours to charge the battery from the Leaf’s low battery warning to 100%. Most buyers will charge using a home or workplace wallbox charger. A 6.6kW charger will take eight hours to charge from the low battery warning to 100%. A 3.3kW charger takes double the time at 16 hours.

For top-up charging on the move, Leaf owners can also use a 50kW rapid charger. This will deliver a charge in between 40 and 60 minutes, from the low battery warning to 80%, and of course very few drivers will allow the batteries to drain to nearly empty on any journey, so your motorway battery-recharging stop will likely be even shorter than that. 

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.

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.