Nissan LEAF charging: Everything you need to know      

Updated May 10, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive FYIs

There’s more than one way to load the LEAF’s battery with juice.

Nissan Philippines finally brings over the LEAF electric vehicle to our shores, some four years after the second-generation model was launched in Japan. The company isn’t the first to introduce an EV here, but if the LEAF is well-received, it could open the floodgates for other automakers to unleash their own contenders in the segment.

Electrified rEVolution - 2021 Nissan LEAF Philippine Launch

The move is consistent with the worldwide trend towards electrification, as automakers pledge to phase out their existing combustion-powered models by the middle of this century. That’s well and good for industrialized countries that are presumed to have invested in the necessary infrastructure to support EV use, but for developing nations like the Philippines, potential customers might still be understandably leery.

All things considered, the LEAF could be that needed step to jumpstart our market’s independence from fossil fuels. According to Australia-based insurer Budget Direct’s Global Fuel Index, the Philippines has the 52nd most expensive gasoline and diesel prices in the world, out of 165 countries. With personal mobility becoming an even more valued commodity these days because of the pandemic, we don’t see that ranking improving anytime soon.

Nissan LEAF

Could the Nissan LEAF help us become less dependent on petroleum products?

Which brings us back to the issue of EVs, the LEAF in particular. As mentioned, the main concern of potential customers in owning an EV would be available charging stations (or lack thereof). Having a sophisticated set of wheels suddenly stop in the middle of nowhere because it ran out of juice isn’t a savory thought. Fortunately, Nissan is offering several charging options for the LEAF.

The first is standard charging at home, with nothing more than a standard 220-volt electric outlet. It’s the simplest method, similar to plugging in your smartphone, but it isn’t exactly the fastest. Using the supplied home charger, users can expect to wait approximately 18.5 hours to bring the LEAF to a full charge from a low battery state.

LEAF charging port

The EV can be recharged both at home and on the go

If the budget and home electrical layout permits, customers can have the optional Wall Box Charger installed. From when the low battery warning pops up on the display to a fully juiced-up LEAF, all it takes is an estimated 7.5 hours of charging time, the equivalent of a good night’s sleep.  

When you’re on the go, a number of public Quick Charging stations are on hand to let you top up the battery’s charge. These are available at select Nissan Philippines dealerships, with more coming soon. Charging times using the Quick Charger vary depending on the battery’s remaining load and temperature, but it generally takes 40 minutes to get the indicator from low to 80 percent.

Nissan LEAF on the road

A single charge yields a range of up to 311 kilometers

The LEAF is also capable of regenerative braking through a dedicated B Mode. This feature allows the EV to recover braking energy that would otherwise be lost as heat, using it to charge the onboard battery. There’s also an ECO Mode which regulates the output of the electric motor and increases regenerative braking to improve range. Under ideal conditions, the LEAF’s 40 kWh battery can power the vehicle up to 311 kilometers on a full charge, the equivalent of driving from Quezon City to Baguio.   

With a model this flexible, hopefully customers will be able to take a second look at EVs as serious alternatives to typical combustion-powered vehicles for their mobility needs.       

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Nissan LEAF

<p>The Nissan LEAF is an electric-powered five-door hatchback fitted with a wide array of advanced features for modern-day driving. It is one of the best-selling electric vehicles globally, featuring a 311 km maximum range. It features a sporty exterior detailed with the latest innovations. Inside, it is equipped with a wide array of comfort and convenience features. Nissan Philippines is offering the LEAF at Php 2,798,000. Available colors for the 2021 Nissan LEAF with the two-tone blacked-out roof include Pearl White, Vivid Blue, Gun Metallic, and Magnetic Red.</p>

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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