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Nissan LEAF? Frequently Asked Questions
We've added the following questions and answers based on your direct feedback to help educate the Nissan LEAF? community. FAQs are divided into the following seven categories:

  • Popular Questions
  • General
  • Charging
  • Performance
  • Features
  • Environment
  • Technology

POPULAR QUESTIONS
We have highlighted the most popular questions you've asked us:

Q: Who can order a Nissan LEAF? at this time?
A: Nissan LEAF? is available in US markets nationwide**:

Q: There is great anticipation for the Nissan LEAF?! Can we have the estimated price?
A: For the 2012 Nissan LEAF?, net as low as $27,700 after tax savings with the maximum $7,500 federal tax credit if you are eligible and have the tax liability. Depending on where you live, there can be additional state/local incentives.

Q: Could we get a tax deduction for owning one since it's so eco-friendly?
A: The federal government provides up to $7,500 tax credit for eligible EV buyers and a tax credit for installing a home charger if they have the tax liability to seek the credits. Depending on where you live, there can be state/local incentives too use our incentives tool to see what's available in your area.

Q: What kind of warranty does the Nissan LEAF? have?
A: The Nissan LEAF? Basic Warranty Coverage is 36 months/36,000 miles. The Powertrain Coverage is 60 months/60,000 miles. The Lithium-ion Battery Coverage is 96 months/100,000 miles.

Q: How much will a replacement battery cost?
A: At this point, an estimated cost cannot be provided. We'll be able to share more as information becomes available. You can sign up to stay in the loop.

Q: Is the Nissan LEAF? available outside the US?
A: The Nissan LEAF? is now available in Canada, Japan and certain European countries in addition to the select markets in the United States.

Q: How long does it take to charge?
A: Most people will charge their Nissan LEAF? overnight at home, similar to a cell phone. A full charge will take approximately 7 hours on a 208-240V home-charging station. In select markets, 480V quick-charging systems are now available and provide an 80% charge in under 30 minutes.

Q: What distance does it cover on a single charge?
A: Up to 100 miles, based on the LA4 drive cycle conducted in laboratory tests using EPA test methodology. Based upon EPA five-cycle tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls, the EPA has rated the Nissan LEAF? a driving range of 73 miles. Range will vary with driving habits, conditions, weather and battery age.

Q: Since the Nissan LEAF? solely runs on electricity, would charging from home dramatically increase my electricity bill?
A: Based on a US average of $0.10/kWh, a full charge will cost about $2.40. It could be even less, if your area has time-of-use rates and you charge at off-peak hours.

Q: How fast can this car go?
A: It can reach a top speed of about 90 mph.

Q: Any driving tips for winter weather conditions?
A: The Owner's Manual has a dedicated section on Cold Weather Driving (sections 5-26)

Q: How is it doing in crash test ratings?
A: The Nissan LEAF? (like all Nissan cars) is built to meet or exceed federal safety regulations and our own rigorous internal testing. The Nissan LEAF? has also earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well as a 5-star overall vehicle rating for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

Q: It's great to cut down on vehicle emissions, but shouldn't I worry about the power plant used to generate the electricity too?
A: Even in its dirtiest form, the electrical grid is much cleaner than burning gas. And the grid will get cleaner over time, unlike gas.

Q: How will spent batteries be disposed of?
A: Nissan is committed to uphold its environmental responsibility in its products. Nissan is exploring both reuse and recycling opportunities for its used EV batteries. While we do not expect to accumulate used batteries for quite awhile, testing and research is already underway to explore various markets for used LEAF batteries. These include Energy Storage devices as well as powering smaller transportation vehicles. In the meantime, an EV Battery Recycling process is in place. Collection is via our EV certified dealerships and specialized third party recycling facilities have been engaged to recycle the EV battery and/or battery parts when necessary in an environmentally responsible manner.

GENERAL

Q: Will the price include the battery pack? Or will there be an option to rent/lease the battery pack?
A: The total cost of the vehicle will include the battery pack. Both lease and purchase options will be available for the vehicle, but no option to rent/lease just the battery pack.

Q: What is it ? a compact or full size?
A: The Nissan LEAF? is a compact, 5-door family hatchback, with seating for 5 (3 child seats fit in the back seat).

Q: I am 6'1" so interior dimensions are important to me. What are they?
A: The Nissan LEAF? is spacious and seats 5. The interior dimensions are as follows: head room (front/rear) 41.2 in/37.3 in. ? hip room (front/rear) 51.5 in/50 in. - leg room (front/rear) 42.1 in/31.1 in. ? shoulder room (front/rear) 54.4 in/52.5 in. - cargo volume 14.5 ft.

Q: Is this an electric Versa?
A: The Nissan LEAF? uses an exclusive platform. It's a true individual!

Q: Can the Nissan LEAF? be towed by lifting the front and leaving the rear wheels on the ground?
A: Towing procedures are outlined in the Owner's Manual provided with the vehicle.

Q: How long does the "quick charge" take, and will it be available for home use?
A: In select markets, 480V quick-charging systems are now available and provide an 80% charge in under 30 minutes. For all markets, we still recommend a standard 208-240V home charging in collaboration with AeroVironment®. Quick charging will likely be available only at public stations or businesses.

Q: Where are the batteries located? Will they take up a lot of the hatch space?
A: The battery is located in the floor of the vehicle, so it has a minimal intrusion into the interior space.

Q: Where will the Nissan LEAF? be built?
A: The Nissan LEAF? will be built in Japan for the first 2 years and then built in Tennessee starting in late 2012 for mass production. Watch the groundbreaking ceremony for our Smyrna, Tennessee plant here.

Q: Is an upgrade to my home electrical system required to set up the charging station?
A: A professional evaluation of your home electrical system is part of the overall purchase process. This process can be waived by contacting the Nissan EV Call Center at 1-877-NO GAS EV.

Q: How practical is the Nissan LEAF? to own? Do I need to keep a gas-powered car as a backup or own only the Nissan LEAF??
A: It all depends on your needs. Most Americans drive much less than 100 miles per day.

Q: What kind of maintenance is required?
A: Please check out our maintenance guide for full information. The good news is that oil changes aren't needed!

Q: What is the weight of the car?
A: The Nissan LEAF? has a 3,366 lb. curb weight (SV trim level).

Q: Does the battery location prevent the back seat from folding down?
A: Not at all - the battery is located in the floor of the car and won't interfere with interior space.

Q: Will the maintenance cost over a few years be more or less than a similar gas engine vehicle?
A: Maintenance costs are projected to be equal to or lower than comparably equipped gas-powered cars.

Q: Is there a lease-only program, or are only purchases allowed?
A: The Nissan LEAF? is available to lease or purchase.

Q: In case of a problem, can a qualified mechanic fix a Nissan LEAF?? Is special training needed?
A: The Nissan LEAF? has an electric motor and no gasoline engine, so it will require service at your local LEAF? certified Nissan dealership by a qualified, trained EV technician.

Q: What company is supplying the laminated lithium-ion batteries?
A: The battery is being built by AESC, the Automotive Energy Supply Corporation.

Q: Does it sound like driving an electric golf cart? I would imagine it would be virtually silent?
A: The driving experience is exceptionally quiet, but Nissan LEAF? is definitely not a golf cart - it's a real car.

Q: Will my golf clubs fit in the trunk?
A: Yes - the Nissan LEAF? is a family car with ample passenger and cargo space.

Q: Since the battery is in the front, is there something protecting it in case of a collision?
A: The battery is actually located under the seats and is fully integrated into the body structure. It has been tested for impact safety and meets or exceeds all regulatory standards ? the same as any Nissan. The Nissan LEAF? has also earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well as a 5-star overall vehicle rating for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

Q: Is the Nissan LEAF? going to have the Zero Emission logo on it?
A: The Zero Emission badge is located on the back of every Nissan LEAF? vehicle. In addition, you have the option to purchase a zero-emissions body graphic as an accessory on your vehicle.

Q: How long will the battery remain charged if you leave it parked where you cannot charge it?
A: This depends on a variety of factors like ambient temperature, age of the battery and how much energy is in the battery when you park it. However, the drain is very small relative to the battery's capacity.

Q: Does the "engine compartment" just contain the smaller electric motor or is there the potential for more trunk space?
A: The electric motor and invertor only fill the front compartment due to their size and layout, therefore, we've maximized interior and cargo space in the rest of the vehicle.

CHARGING

Q: Is there a standard power plug for home charging (110/220V), or do we have to buy a proprietary power outlet or power station?
A: For home charging we recommend using a Home-Charging Dock wired directly to a 208-240V, 40-amp circuit to supply power to the vehicle. Click here for more information.

Q: Are there options on where to charge my vehicle?
A: Absolutely. You'll be able to charge at home, possibly at work and at stations along your route. Check out the ChargePoint map for nationwide charger location information.

Q: How long does it take to charge?
A: Most people will charge their Nissan LEAF? overnight at home, similar to a cell phone. A full charge will take approximately 7 hours on a 208-240V home-charging station. In select markets, 480V quick-charging systems are now available and provide an 80% charge in under 30 minutes.

Q: Do you have any information on home solar-charging systems?
A: Yes, a residential solar system can help control electricity costs while further reducing carbon emissions. SunPower and Nissan recently announced an earth- and wallet-friendly partnership ? read more about it here.

Q: Is there any initiative to develop non-home charging options?
A: Yes - Nissan is working with government officials and private corporations to develop 13,000 charging locations by the end of 2012. Check out the ChargePoint map for nationwide charger location information.

Q: How much will it cost to charge Nissan LEAF? at a public charging station?
A: If there are any fees associated with public chargers, they'll vary by location and network, and usage will depend on your battery status at the time. Check out the ChargePoint map for nationwide charger information.

Q: Since the Nissan LEAF? solely runs on electricity, would charging from home dramatically increase my electricity bill?
A: Based on a US average of $0.10/kWh, a full charge will cost about $2.40. It could be even less, if your area has time-of-use rates and you charge at off-peak hours.

Q: What happens if you run out of electricity on the road?
A: If you should need it, Nissan's roadside assistance service is available as part of your warranty coverage. However, the CARWINGS® telematics system in the Nissan LEAF? will constantly update to show both vehicle and battery status, as well as charging locations, to help avoid such a situation.

Q: I live in an apartment. How would I go about charging the car?
A: Talk to your apartment complex owner and other residents about charging stations. You can also use public infrastructure as it becomes available. Click here for more information.

Q: Will it plug into a regular household outlet?
A: It will charge on a regular 110/120V, 20 amp dedicated outlet. This is considered a "trickle charge," which means it would charge at a slower rate. For home charging, we recommend a home-charging dock on a dedicated 208-240V, 40-amp circuit.

Q: How many charging cycles can the energy storage device survive?
A: Like all lithium ion batteries, the Nissan LEAF? battery will experience gradual capacity loss over time. We expect the battery to last over 10 years, however, there may be a gradual loss of capacity of 30% or more depending on your driving patterns, and the effect on your battery. The battery can be used afterward for storage applications.

Q: What do I do if I want to go farther than 100 miles in one trip?
A: The Nissan LEAF?'s CARWINGS® system will be able to show you charging locations along your route.

Q: Is the Nissan LEAF? going to have an onboard charging system of some kind for emergency back up?
A: Your Nissan LEAF? will be delivered with a 110/120V trickle charge cable that works with the onboard charging system. As the name implies, this will be primarily used for opportunity charging and is not recommended to be your primary method of charging. Nissan recommends using a home-charging dock which uses a 208-240V dedicated line in your home for charging your vehicle.

Q: If you run out of power will a "AAA" tow truck have a recharger or would you need to be towed to a recharge station?
A: The car is equipped with a telematics system called CARWINGS® which will help you locate charging stations before this happens. Additionally, AAA has recently announced an EV-charging pilot program.

Q: Does the navigation system list charging station locations?
A: The Nissan LEAF? comes equipped with CARWINGS®. This in-car telematics system will show you battery power and status, charging stations and more. You can also download the ChargePoint app that shows nationwide charging stations.

Q: Can you charge the battery even if it's not empty?
A: Yes

Q: How long will it be before you can charge a car anywhere? Like at a gas station?
A: Nissan is working to encourage third party and government organizations to grow the charging infrastructure. As electric vehicle acceptance grows, we expect additional growth. We do believe most people will charge their Nissan LEAF? at home much like they do their cell phones. Click here to learn more information.

Q: Can you install a charging station by yourself or does it have to be installed by a qualified electrician?
A: Your home-charging dock will need to be installed by a professional electrician. But first, we will assist you with a home assessment which will help identify what is needed to make your home Nissan LEAF? ready. Click here for more information.

Q: What is the estimated time for full charging with 110v, 220v and quick-charge charge stations?
A: Starting from a depleted battery, about 20 hours at 110-120V (depending on amperage), approximately 7 hours at 208-240V (depending on amperage) and about 30 minutes at 480V (quick-charging station).

Q: Is the charger built into the vehicle?
A: Yes. To charge, you simply need to plug into an appropriate charging dock which supplies power safely to the onboard charger.

Q: Is there a timer that allows you to set what time the charging starts and stops?
A: Yes - you are able to set a charging timer in the car. You will also be able to control the car's functions and charging from any computer or Internet enabled phone.

Q: How can I test drive a Nissan LEAF??
A: We are holding an event tour where consumers can test drive in select cities. Visit our website to learn more. In addition, check with your local dealership. They may have a demonstrator vehicle to test drive.

Q: When plugging the car in, is the car is "smart" enough to pull electricity during non-peak hours?
A: You can program the car to charge whenever you like. Most people will charge overnight at off-peak times like their cell phone. Please contact your local electric company for exact off-peak times.

Q: Is the home-charging station weatherproof?
A: AeroVironment®, Nissan's preferred home-charging provider, supplies a weatherproof station.

Q: If I want to "prewire" a new home for a future Nissan LEAF? owner, what is required?
A: The home-charging dock will require a 208-240V, 40-amp dedicated circuit connected to a breaker. The charging dock will need to be hard wired directly to the circuit by a certified electrician.

Q: How much will my electric bill go up by recharging my Nissan LEAF? at home?
A: This will vary by vehicle usage and your electric rate. We strongly recommend that you contact your electricity provider to discuss special rates or incentives that may be available prior to getting an in-home assessment for your charging dock.

PERFORMANCE

Q: I know the range is roughly 100 miles, but is that doing 70mph for 30 miles a day, or more like 25-35mph?
A: The range varies with driving habits, conditions, weather and battery age.

Q: I drive 30k miles a year but never more then 100 miles a day. Would a Nissan LEAF? work for me?
A: 95% of Americans don't drive more than 100 miles a day. Range will vary with conditions, weather and battery age.

Q: How fast can this car go?
A: It can reach a top speed of about 90 mph.

Q: Can the Nissan LEAF? tow a small boat or garden trailer?
A: We don't recommend towing as the owner's manual states. Longer-term, we hope to provide options for specific needs like yours.

Q: How much does the heater reduce the range of the vehicle?
A: Running the heater or a/c will have an impact on the range. You'll also be able to pre-heat and pre-cool the car while charging before you leave to reduce battery load and optimize range.

Q: What distance does it cover on a single charge?
A: Up to 100 miles, based on the LA4 drive cycle conducted in laboratory tests using EPA test methodology. Based upon EPA five-cycle tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls, the EPA has rated the Nissan LEAF? a driving range of 73 miles. Range will vary with driving habits, conditions, weather and battery age.

Q: Is the Nissan LEAF? front or all wheel drive?
A: The Nissan LEAF? is front wheel drive.

Q: What do I do if I want to go farther than 100 miles in one trip?
A: The Nissan LEAF?'s CARWINGS® system will be able to show you charging locations along your route.

Q: What kind of acceleration does the Nissan LEAF? have?
A: The Nissan LEAF? has acceleration that is surprisingly quiet and effortless, with 100% torque at 0 RPMs.

Q: How does driving in cold weather affect the performance and battery life?
A: Your driving habits, patterns and accessory use (including heat and a/c) and outside ambient temperature all play a role in driving range. The Nissan LEAF? is equipped with standard cold-weather features including a battery warmer, heated steering wheel and heated seats in both the front and rear.

Q: About what would the 100-mile range reduce to if carrying 4 people at 200 pounds each?
A: Load and driving style have an impact, as they do in any car. Range is based on LA4 test-cycle ratings conducted in laboratory tests. This is based upon EPA five-cycle tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls, the EPA has rated the Nissan LEAF? a driving range of 73 miles. Range will vary with driving habits, conditions, weather and battery age.

Q: I live in NYC, so traffic is a problem. Does the battery still drain when you are not moving?
A: The battery is drained only if you are using lights, stereo and other accessories when you're not in motion.

Q: Will the mileage decrease over time as the battery ages?
A: Like any battery, usage and age will lead to a gradual loss of capacity which will impact your driving range.

Q: How much torque does the Nissan LEAF? have?
A:207 lb. per foot. And it has 100% torque available at 0 RPM!

Q: Any driving tips for winter weather conditions?
A: The Owner's Manual has a dedicated section on Cold Weather Driving (sections 5-26).

FEATURES

Q: The electric motor is smaller than a gas engine. The gas tank is gone and the battery is under the floor. Is there more luggage space?
A: No gas tank means great storage space for the size of the car. It's very spacious.

Q: What generates cabin heat without engine coolant?
A: The Nissan LEAF? uses an enclosed electric heater.

Q: Is there a mobile app available to monitor the vehicle's charging status?
A: If you own a Nissan LEAF? and have an active CARWINGS® subscription, you can use the free iPhone, Android or Blackberry app to check status of battery charge, begin charging, check when battery charge is complete, and see estimated driving range. You can also turn the vehicle's climate control system on or off using this app.

Q: Does it have air conditioning, CD/MP3 player, GPS, etc.?
A: The Nissan LEAF? offers loads of features, including a/c, nav, stereo, power steering and windows, Bluetooth and cold weather features such as a battery warmer, heated steering wheel and heated seats in both the front and rear.

Q: Does the Nissan LEAF? come with a moonroof?
A: No it does not. A moonroof would add weight, affect headroom and create unwanted drag, which can affect range.

Q: Does the Nissan LEAF? have cruise control?
A: Yes, cruise control is standard.

Q: Does it have a rear camera? I love this feature on my Nissan Murano.
A: Yes, the rear camera is available on the SL model.

Q: What kind of stereo system does Nissan LEAF? have? Can it play my iPod?
A: The Nissan LEAF? audio system is integrated to the navigation system and will support XM, AM/FM, CD (w/ WMA/MP3 capability) and USB interface for iPods and other MP3 players.

Q: Is there a timer that allows you to set what time the charging starts and stops?
A: Yes - you are able to set a charging timer in the car. You will also be able to control the car's functions and charging from any computer or Internet enabled phone.

Q: Is the Nissan LEAF? available with automatic and manual transmissions?
A: There is no transmission in an electric car, but the experience is similar to driving an automatic.

Q: Can you plug in a laptop or other standard device into the vehicle?
A: The Nissan LEAF? has a standard 12V power outlet. However, using it will have an effect on the vehicle's driving range.

Q: Is it true that the Nissan LEAF? has no fluids like coolant, transmission, steering, brake...?
A: Many fluids associated with engines are eliminated (motor oil, transmission fluid, etc.). It does have brake fluid, coolant and washer fluid.

Q: Can you schedule the heater to come on like you will be able to do for the A/C?
A: Yes - you are able to control heat and a/c functions through timers and an Internet tool accessible from any web enabled device (smart phone, laptop, etc.).

Q: Does the Nissan LEAF? have WiFi capabilities?
A: The Nissan LEAF? uses a cellular-type network. There is no WiFi capability currently available.

ENVIRONMENT

Q: How will spent batteries be disposed of?
A: Nissan is committed to uphold its environmental responsibility in its products. Nissan is exploring both reuse and recycling opportunities for its used EV batteries. While we do not expect to accumulate used batteries for quite awhile, testing and research is already underway to explore various markets for used LEAF batteries. These include Energy Storage devices as well as powering smaller transportation vehicles. In the meantime, an EV Battery Recycling process is in place. Collection is via our EV certified dealerships, and specialized third party recycling facilities have been engaged to recycle the EV battery and/or battery parts when necessary in an environmentally responsible manner.

Q: What kind of green technology went into making the car?
A: Wind turbines power a portion of our factory, and the car is partly made from recycled material, for starters.

Q: What impact does manufacturing the batteries have?
A: The impact of producing the battery and Nissan LEAF? is less than or equal to the impact of producing a similar gas car.

Q: Are the components being used to build the battery environmentally sustainable?
A: Nissan is committed to uphold its environmental responsibility in its products. Nissan is exploring both reuse and recycling opportunities for its used EV batteries. While we do not expect to accumulate used batteries for quite awhile, testing and research is already underway to explore various markets for used LEAF batteries. These include Energy Storage devices as well as powering smaller transportation vehicles. In the meantime, an EV Battery Recycling process is in place. Collection is via our EV-certified dealerships, and specialized third-party recycling facilities have been engaged to recycle the EV battery and/or battery parts when necessary in an environmentally responsible manner.

Q: Is the vehicle's body made of recyclable material?
A: Parts of the Nissan LEAF? are made from recycled material and is designed for both recoverability and recyclability. Since recyclability is dependent on established recycling practices, we hope that appropriate third-party recycling facilities will be able to take advantage of this.

Q: It's great to cut down on vehicle emissions, but shouldn't I worry about the power plant used to generate the electricity too?
A: Even in its dirtiest form, the electrical grid is much cleaner than burning gas. And the grid will get cleaner over time, unlike gas.

TECHNOLOGY

Q: What is the difference between this and a hybrid?
A: No tailpipe! The Nissan LEAF? runs on 100% electricity, while a hybrid uses a combo of electricity and gas. In a traditional hybrid, even the electricity is generated by the gas engine.

Q: Has anyone considered solar panels on the vehicle for recharging the battery?
A: The Nissan LEAF? SL model comes standard with a small solar panel on the rear spoiler to help charge the 12V accessory battery.

Q: How long will the battery last? Can it be recycled?
A: Like all lithium-ion batteries, the Nissan LEAF? battery will experience gradual capacity loss over time. We expect the battery to last over 10 years, however, there may be a gradual loss of capacity of 30% or more depending on your driving patterns, and the effect on your battery. The battery can be used afterward for storage applications.

Q: What kind of front headlights do you use?
A: LED headlights and taillights. LEDs use far less power than conventional lights.

Q: Does this vehicle have a drive train or is it motors in the wheels?
A: It has a drive train.

Q: Are there designs for a future Nissan LEAF? that will go farther than 100 miles on a single charge?
A: Our vision is to constantly improve our vehicles to meet our customers' needs.

Q: What kind of battery does the Nissan LEAF? use?
A: Nissan LEAF? uses a unique laminated lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 24kWh.

Q: Does the Nissan LEAF? use regenerative braking to help recharge the battery?
A: Yes - every time you coast or apply the brakes, the electric motor acts as a electric generator. Nissan LEAF? recovers some of the energy created by the braking and stores it in the battery.

Q: How many charging cycles can the energy storage device survive?
A: Like all lithium-ion batteries, the Nissan LEAF? battery will experience gradual capacity loss over time. We expect the battery to last over 10 years, however, there may be a gradual loss of capacity of 30% or more depending on your driving patterns, and the effect on your battery. The battery can be used afterward for storage applications.

Q: Is battery-swapping technology being considered?
A: All technologies are being considered to best fit our customers' needs. That said, the Nissan LEAF? is not currently equipped with a battery- swapping system.

Q: Is the Nissan LEAF? equipped with a 4-wheel disc brake or drum?
A: Braking is regenerative to help maintain battery charge and optimize driving range, and is 4-wheel disc.

Q: Assuming the power steering is electric (vs. hydraulic), is there a solid steering shaft, or is it drive-by-wire?
A: Solid steering shaft with electric power assist.

Q: What does the drivetrain look like? AC induction motors? Does it have wheel motors or a differential?
A: Inverter, electric motor and reduction gear set. Output shaft connects via CV joint to hub-and-carrier assembly.

Q: Are electric cars the same as hydrogen cars?
A: No - hydrogen vehicles use hydrogen combustion or fuel cells. The Nissan LEAF? is 100% electric and rechargeable.


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