The Nissan Leaf is one of the most popular electric vehicles in the world for a number of good reasons: it’s largely made from recycled plastic (really), it provides you with a constantly updated display that shows your current operational range at any given time, it provides you with timely energy saving suggestions as you go, it has a top speed of 95 miles per hour and it costs an average of 3 cents a mile to operate as opposed to a comparable internal combustion engine that costs 12 cents a mile (given current average gas prices). About the only thing it can’t do is charge itself. For that your best bet is to install a Level 2 charger in your garage. Like Chevrolet, Nissan recommends the AeroVironment 32amp EVSE-RS AC Level 2 charging station.
Nissan EV Charging Station Installation: More Affordable Than You Think
The AeroVironment 32amp EVSE-RS AC Level 2 charging station uses standard AC current so there’s no converters to install. This type of charging station also comes with one other significant benefit: a rebate of up to $1,000. In 2013 the Ontario provincial government instituted what is known as the “EV Charging Station Rebate” or “Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program” to encourage the use of EVs. The program provides a rebate of up to $500 on the purchase of a Level 2 charger for any eligible EV. It also provides an additional $500 rebate to help cover the cost of installing the charging station in your home. To be eligible for the Ontario EV Charging Station Rebate you need to have already received the provincial rebate on the purchase of your Nissan Leaf (which you certainly did if you bought it in Ontario). EVdirect is happy to handle all the necessary paperwork for you so that you can be assured of a receiving the maximum allowable rebate on your Nissan EV Charging Station Installation.
The benefits of installing a Level 2 charging station don’t stop with the rebate however. Among other things the Level 2 charger EVdirect installs for you – whether it be made by AeroVironment or another high quality manufacturer – will charge your Nissan Leaf in less than half the time it would take to recharge it using a standard 120 volt Level 1 AC charger. The Level 2 charger is also compatible with a wide array of EVs produced by other manufacturers (including Tesla if you have the proper adapter). This means you can have the in-laws over and score some points by letting them top up their EV during dinner.
The convenience of a Nissan EV Charging Station Installation by EVdirect can’t be overstated. You’ll have the electric equivalent of a gas station in your garage, enjoy an enhanced EV experience, rest easier at night knowing your EV will be properly charged in the morning and take comfort in the fact that you’re making a positive contribution to the quality of life of future generations.