PhantomNVD: So, bringing home my 2011 Leaf (11 bars 👍) tomorrow, with a supplied 16A commando plug for charging.
Once my sparky has upgraded the garage, what might the best power Co. be for (overnight/off peak) charging to get the maximum saving? Currently with powershop as a low user (LPG water and wood fire heating).
Also, Is there a ‘power curve’ in charging a leaf that would work best with something like Electric Kiwi’s free Hour of Power? I know the last 20% charges slower, but does the first 20% draw more Amps too? (Eg set the free hour to match the cars ‘start charge’ timer)
I can't speak to the power company as I'm on Powershop as a high user and typically use 100-140kWh / day in the winter for heating and lights. (Three women....."I'm cold!") so my rate per kWh is about 21 cents. I'll charge from 20 or 30% to 80% when i do charge at home......unless I'm going to be doing a lot of driving, in which case I charge to 100%. I also charge whenever I want and I'm not very organised about the time. :-)
Your Japanese LEAF will pull 3.3kw (16amp) steadily up until the last 10% or so (I think). Unless you step it back to 10amp....(see below).
By the way.....if the ONLY AC charging option you have is the EVSE with a 16amp blue command on it, you may want to check out a "Mini-blu" from Bluecars.nz (there is no "co" in that). They sell a unit that you plug your blue commando in to...and then you plug the Mini-blu into a normal household 3-pin socket. It then pulls 10 amp. This combo gives you maximum charging flexibility for charging from hotel rooms or your Auntie's garage. I got mine for $155. Without the Mini-blu or something like it you'll only be able to AC charge at home or in campgrounds or someone else's house with a compatible plug. With the Mini-blu, you can charge anywhere.