Nissan Leaf price, cost to charge & charge time
For several years, car manufacturers struggled to produce an electric vehicle (EV) that rivaled the range and quality of the Tesla models. Finally, with the 2020 version of the Leaf, Nissan has produced something that comes close — and at only a fraction of the price.
In this blog, we will review the Nissan Leaf price, how much it costs to charge, how long it takes to charge, and whether or not it’s worth buying.
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2020 Nissan Leaf features
The 2020 Nissan Leaf comes with the following features:
- Propilot assist: Automatically keeps the car inside its lane and maintains an appropriate distance between the car behind and in front of you
- Regenerative braking: Uses energy from braking to charge the battery
- Blind spot monitoring: When another vehicle is in your blind spot, a light near your side mirror will light up
- Automatic pedestrian detection and braking: When a pedestrian is detected by the front camera, the car will brake automatically
How much does the Nissan Leaf cost?
The standard Leaf (Version S) costs $31,600. But after claiming the electric vehicle tax credit, the actual price most people wind up paying is around only $24,100. This is cheaper than most new gas cars, and best of all, it doesn’t pollute the environment.
What is the EV tax credit?
The EV tax credit or Plug-in electric drive vehicle credit is an incentive to reduce the price of electric cars. With the Nissan Leaf, the tax credit you’re eligible for is $7,500.
Of course, you must pay federal income taxes to be eligible for this incentive. Put simply; it’s $7,500 less you need to pay the next time you file your taxes.
|Nissan Leaf model||Price||Price after EV tax credit|
It’s worth noting that there is currently a phaseout for the EV tax credit, making now the best time to purchase electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf.
What is the range for the Nissan Leaf?
Since 2019, the Nissan Leaf has been available in 5 different variants. The Plus models contain a 62 kWh battery instead of the standard 40-kWh battery, giving the Plus models a much greater range per charge.
|Nissan Leaf model||Range|
|S Plus||226 miles|
|SV Plus||215 miles|
|SL Plus||215 miles|
How much does it cost to charge the Nissan Leaf?
The average cost of electricity in the US is $0.1285/kWh, meaning it costs only $5.14 on average to recharge your Nissan Leaf to the full 149-mile range. Compared to what you’d otherwise spend on gas, you’ll save a fortune.
|State||Avg. electricity rate||Cost of full charge (40kWh)||Cost of full charge (62kWh)|
*National and state average electricity price collected from the US Energy Information Administration.
What is the Nissan Leaf charge time?
It will take different amounts of time to charge the Nissan Leaf, depending on the charging option and whether or not your vehicle is a Plus model.
There are three different Nissan Leaf charging options:
- Level 1 120v AC charger: Default home charger, comes free with the Nissan Leaf.
- Level 2 240 volt charge: Costs an additional $1,690 and must be installed by an electrician. This option is recommended.
- Level 3 DC fast chargers: Available only at public EV charging stations; by far the fastest charging option.
|Type of charger||Nissan Leaf S (40 kWh battery)||Nissan Leaf Plus (62 kWh battery)|
|Level 1||20 hours||Approximately 2.5 days|
|Level 2||8 hours||11.5 hours|
|Level 3 DC fast charging||Approximately 50 minutes||1 hour (80% charged)|
It takes about 8 hours to fully charge the standard 40 kWh battery and 11.5 hours to charge the 62kWh extended battery for the Plus models. That equals an average charging rate of 22 miles for each hour of charging, assuming you purchase the 240V charger and quick charge port for an additional cost of $1,690.
With the standard 120V Leaf charger, charging takes a bit longer - up to 20 hours to charge from zero battery power.
In most cases, purchasing the Level 2 home charger is recommended. Perhaps an exception would be if you work or study near a public charging station and isn’t an inconvenience to reach.
Where can I find Nissan Leaf charging stations?
A map of DC fast charging points for the Nissan Leaf can be found on the Nissan website. Provided you’re within a city or large town, you should have no trouble finding a place to fast-charge your Nissan Leaf.
Most public EV charging stations use universal adapters capable of charging a variety of different electric vehicles, should you ever choose an alternative to the Nissan Leaf.
Can I charge my electric car with solar?
Of course you can! A solar system is an excellent way to offset your increased electric bills. With most states offering net metering, solar owners can wipe out all or most of their power bill from Day One!
How much does solar cost?
Solar systems with good quality components cost around $3.00/watt. This puts an average solar system at $18,000. This is rarely the amount you will actually pay, as local and federal incentives, along with the 26% federal tax credit bring the price down substantially.
For a free estimate on how much your solar system will cost with local incentives, enter your zip code below.
Should I buy a Nissan Leaf?
When it comes to the Nissan Leaf price, it really can't be beat - the final price will run you only about $24,100. Of course, you have to keep in mind that it is only designed for city and suburban living. Its 149-mile battery makes any road trip or extended distances difficult.
On the other hand, a Tesla will offer far superior quality and range, but whether or not you can or want to spend that much is up to you.
Author: Andrew Sendy | Home Solar Journalist
Andy is deeply concerned about climate change but is also concerned about cost of living pressures on American families. He advocates for solar energy and solar battery storage only to the extent that they make financial sense for homeowners. He is not affiliated with any particular solar company in the United States.