Nissan Leaf Aerovironment chargerThe 2011 Nissan Leaf is fitted with an onboard charging system that accepts Level 2 240-volt charging at 3.3 kilowatts. While this setup allows the Leaf to be recharged from empty in approximately eight hours, Green Car Reports claims that an uprated system, boasting the ability to charge the Leaf in less time, is already in the works.

During the Electrical Vehicle Market panel at the IEEE-USA 2011 Annual Meeting, Nissan's director of product planning, Mark Perry, told GCR that the automaker intends to offer an uprated onboard charger for the Leaf "in a year or so." Though Perry didn't specify exactly when the upgraded charger will become available, he did state that it's likely to be offered as an option and that retrofitting the system into existing Leafs will be possible.

We suspect Nissan's decision to offer a quicker onboard charger likely came about because Ford recently touted the Focus Electric's ability to recharge much faster – due to its 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger – than the Leaf.

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[Source: Green Car Reports]