As potential Leaf owners move through the process of purchasing Nissan's groundbreaking electric vehicle, it has become quite clear that the company has each and every step planned out to the smallest detail. Last week, we reported that home charger quotes were rolling in and that Nissan was spot on with its estimate that an installed charging unit would set potential Leaf buyers back about $2,200. No problems there. But as news of the charging quotes circulated around, a group of Toyota RAV4 EV owners got an idea: why can't we just buy the charging dock (priced around $700) and install it ourselves?

Of course, those drivers are not the only ones with this idea bouncing around in their heads. The RAV4 EV owners were especially adamant and insisted that their prior EV knowledge would simplify the task of installing the charging unit. They immediately shot emails to Nissan asking about the possibility of purchasing the charger sans professional installation. Mark Perry, Nissan's director of product planning for North America, quickly responded with:
A buyer is able to install [the equipment] as long as permitted [by] local codes, inspections etc. So that means a trained/certified electrician MUST do the work. Driving an EV does not qualify someone as electrician.
Perry's words squashed any thoughts of a self install for now, but the task is probably best left to the professionals anyways.

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