Let’s get the important bit out of the way: how does it charge? You can easily charge the Leaf at home, by plugging the cord that comes with it into a regular electricity socket.
This is the slowest way to charge and it will take around 24 hours to get from zero to 100 per cent. But still convenient because if you’ve got a garage or can plug in at work, you can leave it to charge every day.
Nissan claims it will cost around $700 a year at peak times, or just $300 at non-peak. Less again if you have solar panels.
You can also get a home wall connector installed in your garage, so you plug into that instead of a powerpoint and that will take 7.5 hours to charge. Then there is a CHAdeMO connector which only takes one hour to charge.
And in about a year (end 2020) you’ll be able to pay $2000 for a two-way battery charger, which essentially stores power in the car’s battery and powers your home in off-peak times.
The Nissan Leaf costs $49,990 before on road costs and warranty is Nissan’s standard five year/unlimited km cover.
Nissan says the (98 per cent recyclable) battery will outlast the car, and vehicle servicing is required every 12months or 20,000km.