How Much Does It Cost To Charge A Nissan Leaf? [At Home And Away From Home]

Have you recently bought a Nissan Leaf and are wondering how much charging it will cost you? Or are you toying with the idea of purchasing an electric car but are concerned about the cost of charging it?

Well, you’re not alone! So many of us want to take the plunge and purchase an electric car but are put off by the cost of charging it. 

The last thing anyone wants is a super high electricity bill from charging their car every night, or to be spending more than they would on gas.

And figuring out how much it costs to charge an electric car, especially a Nissan Leaf, can be tricky, and no one seems to give you a straight answer, leaving you confused and stressed. 

Well, no more! Today we are here to tell you how much it costs to charge a Nissan Leaf, both at home and on the go, to give you the answers you need and help you make your decision. So just keep reading to find out everything you need to know. 

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How Much Does It Cost To Charge A Nissan Leaf At Home?

Let’s get straight into it! The cost of charging your Nissan Leaf at home will depend on how much you pay for your electricity and which Nissan Leaf you opt for.

The new Leaf comes with two options: a 40kWh battery and a 62kWh battery, which takes longer to charge. Remember, the longer your battery is plugged in and charging, the more electricity it’s going to take and cost you! 

At home, you can expect the 40kWh battery to charge fully in 20 hours when using 120V or eight hours if using the fast-charging 240V charger (this charger does increase the cost of the car).

You can expect the 62kWh battery to charge fully in 2.5 days with the 120V charger and 11.5 hours with the 62kWh

Now that we know how long it takes to charge your Nissan Leaf, we can determine how much it will cost. You can do this yourself too, by viewing your electricity bill. Check how much you pay for a kWh of electricity and multiply it by the kWh rating of the battery.

This should give you a good idea of how much electricity it will cost to charge your car fully. You can then determine how often you will charge the Nissan Leaf a month and see how much it will add to your bill. 

We have done some for those who don’t want to do the calculations! The country’s average electricity cost is less than 13 cents per kWh. If we translate that onto a national level, the average charging cost of a 40kWh battery is $5.14.

Not too bad! Remember that it will cost more to charge your larger 62kWh battery, as it requires more energy than the smaller battery. 

As we mentioned earlier, energy ratings differ, meaning some people will pay above, and others will pay below the average listed above.

The price of electricity also varies from state to state, and we strongly recommend you shop around to see if there is a lower energy tariff for you before purchasing an electric car. Doing so can save you some money in the long term! 

With prices varying from state to state, you can expect to pay more in Connecticut, with prices being nearly double the national average. Charging your Nissan Leaf will cost between $9.48 and $14.69 if you opt for the more powerful battery.

Washington, however, is one of the more affordable states to charge a Leaf, costing just $3.77 to charge the 40kWh battery and $5.84 to charge the 62kWh battery. That’s quite a price difference, isn’t it? 

We recommend doing your research and shopping around to lower your energy prices before purchasing your electric car. Doing so can save you some money when charging your car at home! 

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How Much Does It Cost To Charge A Nissan Leaf Far Away From Home?

So what about charging your Nissan Leaf when you aren’t at home? People commonly use charging stations to charge their Nissan Leaf when far away from home. Of course, they might also use someone else’s home or a holiday rental’s electricity to charge their car, but the prices there would be similar to what we outlined earlier when charging your car at home. 

Now the cost of charging your Nissan Leaf on the go varies depending on the charging station and charger you use. All charging stations work differently. Some are free, pay-as-you-go, or subscription-based, with prices set by the property owners or networks.

Nissan, Tesla, and other brands offer some complimentary public charging at certain chargers, allowing you to charge your car for free. You can look online to find out where this is provided. 

We see the industry moving towards a fee based on kWh used rather than the time taken to charge your car. That means like when you fill a car with gas, the prices will vary, and you might find yourself driving to find cheaper electricity!

Some apps are available to help you locate charging stations near you and see the cost to help you decide where to go. 

The costs will vary from state to state, but it is still cheaper overall than filling your car with gas! In California, for example, it can cost roughly $13 to fully charge your car using a Level 2 charger and $16 with DC charging.

These prices are based on charging the car from empty to full, so it’s not too expensive. The Nissan Leaf also stops charging when the battery is full, which is handy.

Remember to do your research before setting off to find the free or cheapest stations near you to charge your car. 

Final Word

And just like that, we have come to the end of our Nissan Leaf journey today. As you can see, the cost of charging your electric car at home and far away varies depending on the cost of electricity and what state you are in.

Remember to shop around to find better energy prices and check beforehand on the cost of charging in public before setting out on your journey! 

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