Nissan LEAF (2011-2017)

The Nissan LEAF has been on sale in the UK since 2011, and is now the best-selling plug-in car on the market.

The official range of the 30kWh model is 155 miles, depending on conditions.

This enables the average person to use the car for several days between charges (the average driver covers 12,000 miles a year, which is just 32 miles a day), however most users are expected to charge overnight at home to make sure they always have the full range available at the start of each day.

The cost of a complete charge (from zero to 100% charged) is around £3.00 in the UK. Most people won’t be charging from absolutely empty though, so you should expect it to cost less than this. On a domestic electric socket, it takes around 12 hours to fully charge the battery at 10A, however faster chargers are available up to 32A, which reduces the time to 5 and a half hours.

There is also the ability to charge at public charge stations. You may have noticed these at Motorway Services, or at your local Nissan Dealer. They charge the battery much quicker (we call them RAPID chargers), and can provide 80% charge in around 30 minutes.