What used Nissan Leaf hatchback will I get for my budget?
A good example of the Leaf will start at about £5500, at the time of writing for a 2011 car. Upping your budget to £7000 or more will net you a 2013 car, while the improved 30kWh battery pack-equipped version starts from £11,000.
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How much does it cost to run a Nissan Leaf hatchback?
One of the major positives with electric cars is that they cost considerably less than petrol or diesel vehicles to run. Choose an economy tariff and charge your electric car up overnight, and your bills will be a fraction of what they would be for a conventionally powered car on a cost-per-mile basis.
The 24kWh model has a claimed maximum range of up to 124 miles, further improved in 2016 with the launch of a 30kWh version that ups the figure to 155 miles.
There is a flap on the Leaf’s nose that hides the charging socket, or sockets, depending upon whether or not your Leaf has fast or rapid charging capabilities. To fully charge from flat, the smaller 24kWh battery takes 11 hours from a domestic plug socket; eight hours from a 3.3kW wall box, or four and a half hours from a faster 7.kW wall box. A 50kW rapid charge point with a CHAdeMo plug can get the battery from empty to an 80% charge in around half an hour.
The bigger 30kWh pack takes longer because it has more cells to charge. A 0-80% 50kW rapid charge still takes 30 minutes, but you'll be waiting 13 hours from a domestic socket; nine hours from a 3.3kW box, or five hours from a 7kW wall box.
Find out more about the different types of electric car charging plugs here.
Since this is an electric car, there are no exhaust pipe emissions to have to worry about.
Annual car tax will be zero, as will be the London Congestion Charge (after you've paid to register your car on their system, of course). To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
Servicing is required every 18,000 miles and costs £159 for a minor service, and £209 for a major one.
Depending upon which specification you go for, the Leaf sits in groups 18-20 for insurance, which are lower than the Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3, Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona; but R110 models of the Renault Zoe are lower still.
Find out more about electric car insurance by reading our news story here.
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