Having imported and evaluated 24kWh and 30kWh Electric Nissan e-NV200 Vans, and the 30kWh and 40kWh Electric Nissan Leaf sedans, my Japanese supplier has provided a 24kWh Nissan Leaf for evaluation also, since there are perhaps more of this model on our roads than any other.

The main difference between the 24kWh and 30kWh Nissan leaf options is obviously the distance they are able to be driven between battery charge ups. A 24kWh Leaf has a range of approximately 130kms while the 30kWh version will take you another 40 kms reaching 170kms before needing a recharge. As is well documented, these ranges vary depending on factors such as weather conditions, terrain variants, driving style and other relative matters.

In most other respects both Nissan Leaf options are the same. Most exterior and interior aspects of these unique vehicles are interchangeable, as is the driving experience. They are both exceptionally nibble around town, and in my experience very comfortable.

The fact is, regardless of whether or not you drive a 24kWh or a 30kWh Nissan Leaf, planning your trip is the name of the game. The 24kWh option is ideal for anyone who has a daily travel requirement of 100 kilometers, give or take. With an overnight charge at home the vehicle is ready for the daily commute without ever having to visit a gas station for that expensive petrol fill up. The minimal cost of electricity compared to the fossil fuel option will have a positive effect on the household budget. Coupled with that, you will be driving an environmentally friendly vehicle enabling you to take advantage of preferential parking for EV’s at many of the council car parks of the towns and cities of New Zealand which has been an evolving roll-out in our country over the past few years. Many shopping malls and some of the larger retailers have also installed EV Charging facilities offering the “charge while you shop” option for environmentally friendly patrons.

To cut to the chase I would recommend a 24kWh Nissan Leaf as an option for anyone whose daily travel requirement is within the 100km recommendation. As time moves on there will be many more charging facilities popping up around the country enabling the more adventurous to travel from region to region. To conclude, and to assist new owners, I want to add some information on the Nissan Leaf charging inlets.

The Nissan Leaf uses two charging standards for its inlets – Type 1 and CHAdeMO. The Type 1 inlet is used when charging at home or at public slow and fast AC points. The CHAdeMO inlet is used to carry high power during rapid DC charging from a CHAdeMO connector. The Nissan Leaf’s inlets are found behind a flap in the centre of what would normally be a car’s grille.

Nissan’s Leaf is able to be slow, fast, and rapid charged from public points, depending on network and type of charge unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 1 cable, and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 1 cable, both of which are usually supplied with the vehicle. For rapid charging, the CHAdeMO connector required is tethered to the charging unit.

Type 1 – Slow & Fast CHAdeMO – Rapid
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Charging on AC or DC requires the EV driver to plug the connectors into the correct inlet, after which the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at private home or workplace charge point, the vehicle then automatically starts charging.

On a public charger, an activation process is required to initiate charging. Depending on the network provider, this may require the use of an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account which has been set up beforehand. Contactless pay-as-you-go units are also becoming more common on newer units. Once activated, the units will conduct further connection and account checks before starting to charge the vehicle.

The Nissan Motor Company is to be congratulated, in my opinion, for pushing ahead with research and development about electric vehicles when most others were not interested. That’s why I like to support them. Nissan have made the electric vehicle experience an affordable exercise for many people around the world who would otherwise have had no opportunity to participate in the amazing technology. More power to their arm.

John Porteous
evexperience.co.nz

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