Nissan Leaf price, cost to charge & charge time

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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 2021 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.

2021 Nissan Leaf features 

The 2021 Nissan Leaf comes with the following features:

  • Automatic braking with pedestrian detection
  • High beam assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear automatic braking

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.

Nissan Leaf price table
Nissan Leaf model Price Price after EV tax credit
S $31,600 $24,100
S Plus $38,200 $30,700
SV $34,190 $26,690
SV Plus $39,750 $32,250
SL Plus $43,900 $36,400

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.

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 range by model
Nissan Leaf model Range
S 149 miles
S Plus 226 miles
SV 149 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. 

Cost of charging Nissan Leaf by state
State Avg. electricity rate Cost of full charge (40kWh) Cost of full charge (62kWh)
Arizona $0.1188/kWh $4.75 $7.36
California $0.2170/kWh $8.68 $13.45
Colorado $0.1189/kWh $4.76 $7.38
Connecticut $0.2370/kWh $9.48 $14.69
Delaware $0.1259/kWh $5.01 $7.77
Florida $0.1176/kWh $4.70 $7.29
Nevada $0.1203/kWh $4.81 $7.46
Massachusetts $0.2305/kWh $9.22 $14.29
New York $0.1742/kWh $6.97 $10.80
New Jersey $0.1573/kWh $6.29 $9.75
Oregon $0.1186/kWh $4.74 $7.35
Texas $0.1197/kWh $4.79 $7.43
Utah $0.1017/kWh $4.07 $6.31
Washington $0.0942/kWh $3.77 $5.84

*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:

  1. Level 1 120v AC charger: Default home charger, comes free with the Nissan Leaf.
  2. Level 2 240 volt charge: Costs an additional $1,690 and must be installed by an electrician. This option is recommended.
  3. Level 3 DC fast chargers: Available only at public EV charging stations; by far the fastest charging option.
2021 Nissan Leaf charge times
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 charging station in your home is highly 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.

Should I buy a Nissan Leaf?

For a final price of only $24,100, the Nissan Leaf is an excellent choice. Of course, you have to bear in mind that it is only designed for city and suburban living. Its 149-mile battery makes any road trip or driving extended distances difficult.

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? 

As of April 2021, solar systems with good quality components cost around $2.85/watt. This puts an average 7kW solar system at $19,950. 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 - to about $14,763. 

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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.

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