The infrastructure is being installed but … Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 31, 2016 2017 Nissan Leaf BEV - $31,545 including the $865 D&H charge while offering new owners a 107 mile EPA rated range. The Nissan LEAF continues to be the best-selling BEV in the U.S. with more than 14,006 units sold in the U.S. during all of 2016. For 2017, Nissan provides more range across all three trim levels – S, SV and SL – thanks to the 30 kWh battery that was previously only available on LEAF SV and SL trims. Along with the 107-mile range, the 30 kWh battery can be quick-charged to 80 percent (from the low battery charge warning) in approximately 30 minutes. Charging on a home charging system (Level 2, 240V) is estimated to take about 6-hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger. 2017 Nissan LEAF MSRP (all prices in $USD and include $865 D&H) S - $31,545 SV - $35,065 SL - $37,655 The larger 30 kWh traction battery adds capacity without increasing size by improving the cell structure of the laminated Li-Ion cells. Improved electrode material with revised chemistry results in higher power density and enhanced battery durability upon charge and discharge. The LEAF warranty covering defects in materials or workmanship runs out 8 years or 100,000 miles for the Li-Ion battery pack. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle's battery capacity level gauge for the first eight years or 100,000 miles for all trims. 2017 Nissan LEAF Overview All 2017 LEAF models feature a 107 hp and 187 lb-ft. of torque, 80kW AC motor. An upright V-shaped grille and lengthy wraparound lenses with low LED headlamps lights and fog lights are standard on the high end SL trim. Other exterior features include standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser and aerodynamically shaped LED taillights. The charge port is hidden under a small door located in the front of the vehicle, with a standard light and door lock feature. The aerodynamic design results in a low coefficient of drag of just 0.28. Inside, a digital instrument panel includes a speedometer, battery temperature gauge, power meter, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge, DTE display and drive mode indicator. A percent state-of-charge display is featured in the trip computer. LEAF SV and SL models also display "reachable area," as well as showing a selection of nearby charging stations on the NissanConnect info screen. 2017 Nissan Leaf Interior All Leafs include Bluetooth and RearView camera. Nissan's advanced Around View Monitor is offered as part of the Premium Package for SV and SL trims. The Premium Package also includes the seven-speaker Energy Efficient Series Bose premium audio system. For 2017, Leaf SV and SL trims include standard NissanConnect with Navigation, a 7.0” color display with multi-touch control, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, HD radio, SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link for weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info and sports. The charging screen information is automatically updated every time the ignition is turned on and with every 12 miles of driving. NissanConnect EV system is also standard on SV and SL trims, allows remote connection to the vehicle, providing monitoring of battery state-of-charge (SoC), start charging event control and temperature preconditioning. Nissan LEAF safety features include six air bags, four-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS). LEAF is assembled in the U.S. at Nissan's Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, with battery assembly taking place next door in Nissan's Battery Assembly Plant. A New Charging Station Collaboration Rollout An additional 174 EVgo-networked 50kW DC Fast charging stations have been installed across 33 states to facilitate easier longer distance electric vehicle travel for Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 drivers, and all EV drivers EVgo is the nation's largest public DC Fast charging operator, currently offering nearly 670 DC Fast charging stations across the U.S. An additional 50 dual-port DC Fast chargers are planned for 2017, through this partnership Each of these publicly available charging stations offers both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo (CCS) connectors, suitable for all DC Fast charging-capable electric vehicles in the U.S. Nissan and BMW are collaborating with EVgo to increase public access to DC Fast charging stations across the U.S., with an additional 174 locations in 33 states now available to all EV owners in those markets, and over 50 more planned to be installed in 2017. EVgo's fast charging network now totals 668 dual-port DC Fast charging stations installed and available to all EV drivers across the United States, with access to new chargers continually growing. This expansion should help to promote adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) nationwide. Each location offers a dual 50 kW DC Fast charging station with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo (CCS) connectors, serving owners of Nissan LEAF, BMW i3 and all other BEVs with Level3 quick charge ports in the U.S. The 50 kW stations can charge 70 to 100 mile range BEVs up to 80 percent in approximately 25-30 minutes. Nissan LEAF owners can find these chargers using the Nissan LEAF EZ-Charge smartphone app. BMW i3 drivers can locate the charging stations with ConnectedDrive in the vehicle, using either the in-vehicle Navigation or the BMW ConnectedApp. eVgo located their charging stations strategically near shopping and dining establishments along convenient, well-traveled routes. The additional dual-port chargers being installed in 2017 as part of the expansion are also planned to be easily accessible to EV owners on the go. With this partnership, upwards of 90 percent of BMW i3 and Nissan LEAF drivers can easily take advantage of DC Fast charging at an eVgo station nearby. Nisssan and BMW did not announce any charge pricing but if my experience with a single eVgo charger at a local Nissan dealership is any indication, it is exorbitantly expensive to plug-in. I called and they wanted $9.95 for 30 minutes. That is the equivalent of $$10 for ~ 70 miles of range or paying on a cents/mile basis the equivalent of 17 mpg with $2.50/gallon gasoline. That is far beyond acceptable. It may be best that many EV owners do not know the actual costs for them or their employers to charge at home or work in many cases. If eVgo decides $9.95 for a 30-minute charge – ~ 25 kWh at 50 kW or 75+ miles of range for the Leaf or i3 – is a nationwide rate, it may be best if a PHEV/BEV owner charge somewhere else.