• Jul 13th 2010 at 5:01PM
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Nissan Leaf charging dock and installation quote – Click above for high-res image

Our most recent update regarding registration, ordering and the rollout of the Leaf showed a small delay in the ordering process. It still remains unclear whether or not the delay will impact the actual release date of the Leaf (unlikely) and Nissan keeps moving forward with the process by sending out charging dock and installation quotes to potential buyers, the next step in the ordering process. Price quotes follow within two weeks of having the home charging assessment step performed. After receiving a quote, potential buyers can accept the price and have installation of the AeroVironment charging unit performed at their convenience. Once installed, all that's left is actually order the Leaf.

As you can see from the quote shown above, the charging unit and installation fees come in right around the $2,200 price previously disclosed by Nissan and AeroVironment. We are a bit shocked to see that the charging dock comes in at just over $700, with installation accounting for most of the cost. Hopefully, all this indicates that everything is moving along smoothly once again.

[Source: LeafOwner | Image: Chris Hammond]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Not sure where this leaves AZ. ECOtality is to do the charger here and still no word from them regarding the home assessment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hello , I live in Phoenix and been waiting on a reply for wiring my house. The guys don't like my wiring, my house was built in 1960, but in 1997 I got a EV1 and have a 220v box in my carport, there where 2 systems of wiring, 30A and 50A. I have the 50A wiring. The leaf's system needs only 40A, so I am over sized on wire. The inspectors didn't like my wire, romex 6 gauge, breaker box is to high. they didn't like my house wiring, great for 1960 but can't use in 2010! Oh, it seems that there are 7 people in Phoenix that are getting a nissan leaf, not many of us.
        Michael Helminiak
        • 5 Years Ago

        mjth when did you have the audit scheduled? When did they do the visit? I still have not had the appointment set. I got the e-mail saying i would be getting the free charger but that was the last i heard, still waiting!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How does installation add up to $1300? How many hours of labor is that?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully, the hardware will be made available on its own. Looks to be about as diffcuilt as installing a sub-panel, and simple stuff for those of us used to pulling "Owner/Builder" permits for electrical work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any competent electrical contractor should be able to install it in just a few hours depending on the location of service panel and availability of amperage in the panel. Cost should be between $200 and $1000 depending on each situation. If a new service panel is required you may have to factor in another $1000 to $1500.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Such is the cost for early adoption: The first on the block will help pay for lots of R&D and this is an example of folding some of the cost into an auxiliary device. The charging port is nothing but a plug and cable with feedback lights and could be installed easily by a handy man. By what knowledge I've learned on line and through chats with Nissan, the smart charger is in the car. and the "electric inspection ($100) is an assessment of where to locate the outlet cable, if a dedicate line can be installed and the existing wiring is evaluated by a charger simulator. So the real cost of the car is the base price, transport charges, taxes and licensing, insurance, financing fees and now an additional $2,200 for electical work. The real credits at this point for a California motorist are unclear as there seems to always be conditions set on qualifying. The question I have is what is the real bottom line? I keep hearing $26,000 from Nissan; but, I've been around long enought to know that's a base estimate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting for my assessment here in Seattle. Nissan is still behind schedule.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2,200 is for the level II charger correct? if you look at the end of the email it says inspection of a level I connection... if it's 2200 for a level one that is ridiculous (since a level I is nothing but an extension cord). It would make no sense to have them inspect a level I connection if a level II is what is provided.... strange
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is for the Level II charger. They supply an extension cord that plugs into a regular 110v outlet. The majority of the cost is running the 220v line to hardwire the charging location.

        In other countries that have different electrical standards (like Japan), they just have a special extension cord that runs to a 200v outlet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if this is a case of incentives simply driving up costs. I had the electrician out and he was planning on surface mounting line 6' from a brand-new panel in a new-construction house. That is about $120 worth of work, max.

      So I will pay thousands, and the government will subsidize absolutely nothing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, this stinks. $721 for the box I can understand. $1200 for the installation I can't. Does it take a week to install or something?
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is one year's worth of gasoline, right there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is another reason the EREV's will probably outsell the BEV's in the near future, say the next 10 years. Recharging 5-8 kWh in a Volt is dead easy with a regular outlet, a Leaf will occasionally need a high amperage charger to get it back up to speed. I would rather use my ICE generator to keep my car ready to go rather than an expensive charger. EREV means I will have to use a gallon or two of gasoline a month, but that is a small price to pay for the ability to drive all day when I want to.
      That having been said, in 10 years I imagine that batteries will be cheap enough and robust enough to go all day or charge fast enough without doing damage to the pack. Til then, EREV's will probably be the choice of most drivers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you are going to recharge your battery with an internal combustion engine, why get the Volt? Isn't the point to move off of gasoline and use the grid?

        I know that most of the grid power is "dirty" as well, but it is a good deal more efficient and clean than a small gasoline engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not going to like it if I'm not gonna be able to charge at any EU 230V Schuka charge plug I want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This image clearly shows a rectangular AC connector plugged into the European Leaf, does anyone know what it is? I'm pretty sure it's neither SAE J1772-2009 nor Mennekes.

        (To the left of it is the big receptacle for the CHAdeMO DC quick charge.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Europe is very different from the USA and Japan, Europeans can get 230V 16A from a standard home socket which is as much power as the AC charger in initial Leafs can handle (3.3 kW). Also I don't think there are regulations like the U.S. NEC section 625 that mandate a hardwired charging station for 240V. So the only reason to have a fancy charging station is if your car can handle more AC amps or for the nebulous Smart Grid Vehicle 2 Grid buzzword stuff; otherwise I assume you can just plug into a regular socket with the European Leaf's portable charge cable, either at home or from one of the public "charging stations" like Elektrobay's that are just a home socket in a waterproof box.

        But I'm guessing. The Nissan UK Leaf video shows a slightly different square-ish connector plugging into its AC receptacle, and I can't find details of the European Leaf's charging anywhere.

        Is anyone in Europe selling SAE J1772 charging stations for the home and street? Is anyone deploying the alternative level 2-ish Mennekes connector that the Germans like?
        • 5 Years Ago
        My mistake, that probably is a SAE J1772 connector plugging in to a Leaf, it's just a different design from the gray and orange cylindrical one we've seen in lots of pictures. Maybe Nissan will give two cables to European Leaf owners, one you leave plugged in to the wall socket at home and one you carry in the boot (trunk).

        Here it is showing the 5 pins,
      • 5 Years Ago
      I put down my $100 deposit for a Leaf. I'm very interested in the car, have my own home with a two car garage and PV solar on the roof. Here's a question I've never seen discussed: why would I plunk down an additional $100 for a home charger assessment, and start committing to the process of spending another $2,200 BEFORE I EVER SEE OR TEST DRIVE THE CAR? I'm 6'3" tall and my wife is 5'0" tall. It's very difficult for us to find a car that we can both drive. We have better luck with Japanese makes than most, but I have some real legitimate reasons for wanting to sit in the car before I get any further down the path. I'm sure many people feel the same way, though probably for different reasons. I'm fearful my place in line will be sacrificed because I want to see the car before getting into the home charging station. Thoughts?
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