• Mar 15, 2011
2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

Last week, Green Car Reports claimed that Nissan was working on an uprated charging system that could juice up its battery-powered Leaf in less time. Quoting Nissan's director of product planning, Mark Perry, GCR posted that the automaker would offer such a system on the Leaf "in a year or so."

Plugin Cars reached out to Nissan for clarification on the Leaf's onboard charger and, according to Perry, GCR was just "speculating" on this point. Perry told Plugin Cars that Nissan is simply "studying" the possibility of offering an upgraded charger.

On a related note, Perry told Plugin Cars that Nissan's Oppama, Japan facility is adding "weekend and overtime" shifts to ramp up Leaf production and planned to hit its target of pumping out 10,000 total electric hatches by the end of this month. However, Perry's confirmation came before the devastating earthquake and tsunami halted automotive production across most of Japan, so we'll have to see what the situation is in the near future.



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[Source: Plugin Cars]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      What's to study? Just do it! Your customers want it so they save time at charge points, especially when taking a trip. If you don't do it, I can assure you the change will be offered after market.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They are studying the extra cost against the extra benefit, just like any process of specification in mass market vehicles.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A second 3.3kW charger in parallel would add roughly $2-3k to the price as an upgrade. Do people really want to pay that much more so they can use a 220VAC-30A circuit near its full potential?

      There will be an aftermarket for home fast charging, the maximum your going to get without adding some major power lines here in the US is a 240VAC-50A circuit, with that you could run a 9kW charger stack. Not quite a rapid level 3 charger, but defiantly much faster than the stock 3.3kW on-board charger, or plugging into 110VAC and only charging at 1kW.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think you misspoke, I doubt there will ever be an aftermarket for adding faster level 2 charging to production cars. As it sounds, the "onboard charger" is part of the car; adding a third party's faster charger will void your warranty.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those things are not cheap, as they are roughly twice the cost. I think they want to see if technology can provide a more reasonable cost.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not to mention added weight and bulk, restricting interior room, reducing performance, and hurting efficiency.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Translation: We don't want people to stop buying this year's model because they know next year's model will be better.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The curse of the cell phone industry
      • 3 Years Ago
      I expected Nissan to have fixed this mistake by now. But with no assurance that a 6.6kW charger is coming, or will be available to 2011 early adopters to retrofit, I've decided to cancel my order. No doubt Nissan will sell all the LEAFs they can make, until the competition arrives.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how a Honda 2 KW "suitcase" generator would do in case of a highway out of
      juice situation .