Charging Solutions

Some friendly advice from an owner of different electric vehicles (EVs):

Nissan Leaf

Install a 16 A or 32 A circuit near the parking space. The “Gen 1” LEAF can charge at max 16 A and with that it will take about 8 hours to recharge, so easily overnight. Some “Gen 2” LEAFs (and likely all later models to come) can charge at 32 A, which halves the charging time.

Circuit – Option 1

A 16 A 1-phase circuit at 240 V will allow you to fully recharge in about 8 hours, so easily overnight.

Circuit – Option 2

A 32 A 1-phase circuit at 240 V can recharge Gen 2 LEAFs in about 4 hours. A Gen 1 LEAF and many other types of EV would still only pull 16 A, but future models will likely be able to use 32 A. I recommend installing a 32 A circuit as it shouldn’t cost much more and will give you more flexibility in the future.

In addition to the dedicated circuit, you will need a charger. Whether you buy a LEAF new or used, it should come with a mobile charger. This is most often the Nissan-branded one that came with the car as new. It draws about 14 A and so can’t be used on most standard 3-pin sockets (they’re only good for 10 A).

Charger – Option 1

Leave this Nissan charger in the garage for charging the car at home and buy a smaller 8 A mobile charger to leave in the car in case you need to charge when you’re out and about. We supply our rental cars with an 8 A mobile charger only (it takes 12 hours to recharge – so overnight).

Charger – Option 2

Buy a dedicated wall charger to install by your parking space, like the ones on offer from our shop. These draw 16 A (or 32 A if you get the higher powered version for a Gen 2 LEAF) and there will be less risk also of somebody stealing it as it’s hard-wired in.

Tesla Model S

As above, you will need a dedicated power circuit, as well as a charging solution.

Circuit – Option 1

A 32 A 1-phase circuit at 240 V will allow you to do a full recharge in about 12 hours, so overnight.

Circuit – Option 2

A 32 A 3-phase 400 V circuit will give you a full recharge in about 4 hrs. This is the fastest option for charging at home, but you would almost never need it. In the 1.5 years I’ve owned my Tesla I have only ever charged from a 13 A socket at home. I’ve rarely missed the need to charge faster at home and even then the 32 A single phase would have met my needs.

For charging devices, if you buy the Tesla from Australia then it will come with a dedicated wall-charger that you can mount at home. Alternatively, you could also buy a dedicated Type-2 charger from one of the websites listed above.