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LEAF Frequently Asked Questions

What is the range of a LEAF?

The S model has a range of 84 miles and the new 2016 Nissan LEAF SV and SL have an EPA estimated range of 107 miles! This suits most of Northern Colorado commutes, as found through DENC consumer research. You can also drive to Denver International Airport with the range of the 2016 LEAF SV. There are DC fast charge stations at DIA, enabling you to drive to and from the airport conveniently.

How long does it take to charge from empty?

  • Level 1 charger (110-120v) about 21 hours (3-5 miles per hour of charge).
  • Level 2 charger (208-240v) less than 4 hours (20-25 miles per hour of charge).
  • Level 3 charger (480v DC) to 80% in about roughly 20 minutes (Please inquire about quick charge models. This function comes standard with most models on the lot at Tynan’s, but make sure to confirm you model has this if you would like to utilize).

Where can I charge, and is it free?

Nissan is offering 2 years free public charging for all new LEAF owners through the No Charge to Charge program. We recommend new LEAF owners download the Nissan EZ charge app to their smartphone which will highlight the No-Charge-To-Charge EV chargers.  Also Plugshare is another common app used to identify EV charging locations.

How does a LEAF handle in the snow?

Remarkably well due to its low center of gravity and efficient traction control and vehicle dynamic control systems. You can purchase snow tires for increased traction as you might with other sedan models.

What happens to mileage during the winter?

The mileage will go down slightly, but it will also depend on driving style, heating etc. DENC and Tynan’s LEAF experts can coach you through this when the time comes.

How will charging a LEAF at home affect my electricity bill?

According to average driving habits of Northern Coloradoans, it seems to vary by about $20 to $30 per month based on 11 cents per kWh.

What servicing do LEAFs need?

In 6 months’ time it would require a tire rotation and battery inspect, and once a year it will require a battery inspection, brake fluid flush, in cabin air filter replacement and tire rotation. In summary, you can expect to cut your maintenance bill for your vehicle substantially!

Is it more expensive to insure a LEAF?

It is no different from any other vehicle in insurance costs.  We recommend you contact your insurance representative for more details.

What if I run out of power on the road?

Though this is highly unlikely because the LEAF comes with an accurate range estimator (like your gas gauge), the LEAF does come with 3 years of free 24/7 roadside assistance.  Nissan will tow you and your LEAF to the nearest charging station, fully charge the LEAF and send you on your way at no cost for the 1st 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.

What other perks is Tynan’s Nissan Fort Collins offering to new LEAF owners? 

Tynan’s Nissan Fort Collins provides 10 free days of a rental car for longer range trips!