Nissan Leaf (1st Gen)

Full Electric

The iconic Nissan Leaf (2010-2017) has now been superseded by a completely remodeled 2018 version. This is the Generation 1 model.


Based on EPA cycle

107miles (172 kms)



Latest Model Year



MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price



Top Speed93 mph
Acceleration10.4 seconds (0-60 mph)
Torque184 lb-ft
Power80 kW


Home Charging*7 hours (the SV model brings this down to 6 hours).
Fastcharge PortCCS
Fastcharge Speed
*Home charging speeds require a wall-mounted charger to be fitted. While EVs can be plugged directly into your normal wall outlets, charging is very slow.
There are multiple ways to charge an EV:

Slow (Home and some Public Chargers)

Each EV has an inbuilt charger capable of receiving AC power. The charging port could have different fittings depending on where you are in the world. Even the same vehicle model sold in different countries could have different implementations.

Type 1 (SAE J1772 or "J Plug")

This plug is common in Australasia, Asia, the US and Canada.

Type 2 (IEC 62196 or "Mennekes")

This plug is common in Europe.

Fast Charging

Only available in some public chargers, this uses DC power to charge the battery directly. Each EV has a maximum speed at which it can be charged, and batteries are only fastcharged up to 80% capacity to ensure battery health. There are a number of different port configurations.

Many fast chargers will have multiple connectors, and power capacity (which is increasing as the technology improves).

CCS (Combined Charging System)
CCS ports are a combination of the slow charging port and an extra 2-pin socket. Therefore they can be either Type 1 or Type 2.

Type 1 CCS Combo
Type 2 CCS Combo


Developed in Japan, the CHAdeMO is common in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.


Tesla developed their own fastcharge connector, although in some countries without proprietary Tesla chargers, the vehicle has a cable to adapt to CHAdeMO or Type 2 CCS.

How Fast Can An EV Charge?

Slow charging (home and public)
Slow charging is limited by the lower of: the EV's onboard charging speed, or the output of the wall-mounted charger you are plugged into. Charging speed is measured in kilowatts(kW). For example: your wall-mounted charger can output 32 Amps at 240 volts = 7.68 kW of power, however your EV's onboard charger is 6.6 kW - then that is the maximum speed. The higher the battery capacity, the more time it takes to charge.

Fast charging
DC fast chargers are being built with higher capacities, however this is still limited by the hardware limitations the EV manufacturer has placed on the battery. Most DC fast chargers start at 40kW (many have a much higher capacity).


Body TypeHatchback
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity-
Cargo Capacity24 cu-ft

Sales Numbers (USA)

Data shown for all Nissan Leaf variations combined.
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Cumulative Sales to Date (USA)

Nissan Leaf (1st Gen) Pros & Cons

The Nissan Leaf is arguably the most famous electric vehicle in the world. Nissan has sold over 250,000 units since the Leaf was launched in 2010, making it one of the best selling EVs of all time.

Upgraded Battery

Nissan didn’t seriously upgrade the Leaf for 2017 but they did, thankfully, upgrade the battery. A 30 kWh battery is now standard on all trim levels, up from the 24 kWh battery which was offered on the base Leaf in 2016.

This new battery gives the leaf an EPA-rated 107 miles of range.


The Nissan Leaf has never been known for its performance and the 2017 model is no different. This year’s model continues to use an 80 kW (107-horsepower) electric motor.

Drivers can expect to see 60 mph in 10.4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 93 mph. Although not especially quick, the 187 lb-ft of torque on tap means the Leaf is peppy up to around 30 mph.


A 6.6 kW charger is an optional extra on the Leaf S model but, unless chosen, it comes with a 3.6 kW onboard charger. The SV and SL versions, however, come with the 6.6 kW charger as standard.

When using a 240v Level 2 power source, charging the Leaf’s battery to full using the 3.6 kW charger takes around 7 hours. This drops to around 6 hours when using the 6.6 kW charger, however. Those charging from a 110-120v power source can expect to wait 20 hours.

DC fast charging is also available on all models but is only standard on the SV and SL versions. Using a¬†CHAdeMO charger will charge the Leaf’s battery to 80% in 30 minutes.


The base level Leaf comes with a rearview camera, climate control, and 16-inch steel wheels. Which is pretty basic by most peoples standards.

Upgrade to the Leaf SV and you will get the Nissan Connect infotainment system, a 7-inch touchscreen with navigation, heated exterior mirrors, and a heated steering wheel.

Go a step further with the Leaf SL and you can expect a photovoltaic solar panel on the rear spoiler, leather seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, among other things.

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