The most basic charger they do will only put out 3.6kW so which one do you have?
Pod Point make three types of home wallbox. 3.6kW (approx 16A), 7kW (approx 32A), and 22kW (approx 32A with three-phase).
I have a 7kW Pod Point, and my car has a 6.6kW on-board charger. Many older EVs have only 3.3kW on-board chargers, so even when connected to an EVSE that is capable of supplying more current they are limited by the capability of the on-board charger.
It’s worth noting that the cable used can also restrict the charging speed. If you have a 7kW EVSE, a 6.6kW capable leaf but only have a 16 amp cable you will be limited to 3.6kW charging.
On the Leaf dashboard you can toggle the display to a point where it shows an estimated charge time, if you have a 6.6kW capable leaf it will show two estimates. Once you have begun charging it shows dashes with just the relevant time shown for the closest applicable rate which it is actually charging.
It occasionally happens that a 7kW EVSE has been installed but incorrectly configured to be limited or throttled to a lower speed.
If you don’t have a dedicated EVSE and are relying on the granny charger / 3 pin plug, this is limited to 10amp approx 2.4kW which takes considerably longer so even if your leaf is only a basic 3.3kW it’s worth getting a dedicated EVSE fitted as that will shave about a third off the time taken to charge.
How fast does your leaf charge when DC fast-charging elsewhere?
My old Leaf has only the 24kWh battery (with about 21kWh usable) so on the motorway can only do about 80 miles between charges. WIth the current state of the rapid charging networks you can’t trust it’s going to be working when you arrive so you always have to have a plan-B, meaning realistically its 60 miles between charges. A 15%-80% charge takes about 20 minutes, meaning planning for a 20 minute stop every hour of driving. Clearly this is not great, but I only do long journeys occasionally so it doesn’t matter, and I rather enjoy it as an EV early adopter. For my general commute I can get to work and back twice between charges. The newer vehicles with 40-60kWh batteries are obviously much more capable.
I consider myself to be a late-early adopter. I have a 2016 30Kwh leaf with 6.6 charger such that I could commute with no need to charge during the day (I trialled a 24Kwh leaf but this did not quite have the capacity to achieve this). There is a dual post 7Kw chargepost near work which can be used (handy on rare occasion my home charge point fails e.g powercut or big journey in evening required), but if the 2nd socket becomes activated it drops to 3Kw so with a max 4 hour stay it no longer fills my battery if I am low on charge as it is in near constant use nowadays. We are lucky that if needed there is a good pair of rapid charge units in Nantwich about 10 miles away South, and 3 ecotricity Rapids at Lymm services about 15 miles North of our home.
In early 2017 we became a two electric car family, my wife obtained a 2nd hand 2015 22Kwh Renault Zoe. This was great for local journeys and it could utilize the full 7kW of our home charger so if both cars were low we would take the Zoe for a quicker charge at home and being a smaller car it used that electric more efficiently. My Leaf became the long distance car (rather than just my daily commute) as it had the larger battery, more comfortable than the Zoe and could rapid charge quicker (the Zoe is AC rapid charge rather than DC so a bit slower at 43Kw rather than 50Kw but a short 15 to 20 minute rapid stop could do wonders for the Zoe so very capable).
Both cars are fully charged overnight on economy 7 (two separate 7Kw wall chargers fitted)
The Renault Zoe however parted ways after 15 months and now have a 2015 Vauxhall Ampera. This only has 10Kwh useable battery so only gets 40 miles before a range extender petrol engine kicks in to provide more electricity. This is now our super long range vehicle as my Leaf takes too long to travel the 440+ mile journey to North East of Scotland and certainly would not have been possible to do the 540 mile journey we achieved in the Ampera in a single day in October!
In my Leaf I do upto 90 miles on the 1st stop then after 30-35 minutes recharge the stops are approx 70 mile intervals at well trusted sites (2+ Rapids or alternatives nearby).
The return journey was always the worst as I would not have a 100% battery to start with and the exact plan was unknown so the initial charging stops would be only roughly planned as possibilities. In the coldest of winter I would reduce my speed from 70mph down to 50mph so I could achieve the same well known stops and distances as the heater / bad weather does zap the battery.
My last super long range trip in my Leaf on 2nd Jan 2018 we did charge up at one of the new rapid charging hubs in Dundee and rapid charging locations in general are increasingly popping up across the UK (Scotland is still best laid out though in my experience). Realistically I would recommend the 30Kwh Leaf an occasional single day journey comfortable max at about 350 miles only if you are prepared to stop for 30 mins every 90 minutes and the rapid chargers exist were you need them - great if you have dogs on the journey but eventually gets tedious after 5 stops!.
Sadly the 40Kwh leaf despite the bigger battery is less capable beyond 250 miles due to the rapidgate issue lack of thermal cooling so it will be a few years before I can afford a 60 / 75 kWh battery that will be more suited to the super long journey (approx 2 or 3 times a year) at which point the Ampera will be replaced with perhaps a 40Kwh Zoe and we return to a two car full electric once again.
In the meantime I will be keeping my Leaf for a few more years, it will have done 50,000 miles before my 3 years PCP is up in May, whilst trying to use the Ampera in electric only mode as much as possible whilst it is doing shorter journeys.
The ampera does not have rapid charging capability and a max 3kW charge on our home charger and thus it can only be destination charged at the end of a journey. Whilst in Scotland last we were able to charge the Ampera overnight at the cottage to provide the first 30 miles in electric drive per day due to the freezing conditions at the time.