The earth hero Nissan LEAF will come into production in 2011. I don’t know how much it cost but probably around $30,000 — $40,000. The issues of rising electricity price in Indonesia simply gives me idea to estimate the operational cost of Nissan LEAF here.
First, I look up for the charging specification of LEAF, there are three kind of charge ‘Slow’ which is the standard one, ‘Fast’ which halved the time with double amp, and ‘Quick’ which enables you to charge in less than one hour. In the full capacity, the Lithium Ion battery could run the LEAF for 160 km.
Type 
Amp 
Volt 
Time (Hour) 
Capacity 
Range (km) 
Slow Charge 
100 
20 
16 
100% 
160 
Fast Charge 
220 
20 
8 
100% 
160 
Quick Charge 
440 
20 
0.42 
80% 
128 
Below is the table of Indonesian electricity cost,based on 2009 price.
Class 
VA Limit 
Charge Cost (Rp/kVA/Month) 
Usage Cost (Rp/kWh) 
S1/TR 
220 VA 
0 
Subscription Cost/Month : 14,800 
S2/TR (1) 
450 VA 
10 
Block I 
0 – 30 kWh 
123 
Block II 
> 30 kWh – 60 kWh 
265 
Block III 
> 60 kWh 
360 
S2/TR (2) 
900 VA 
15 
Block I 
0 – 20 kWh 
200 
Block II 
> 20 kWh – 60 kWh 
295 
Block III 
> 60 kWh 
360 
S2/TR (3) 
1,300 VA 
25 
Block I 
0 . 20 kWh 
250 
Block II 
> 20 kWh – 60 kWh 
335 
Block III 
> 60 kWh 
405 
S2/TR (4) 
2,200 VA 
27 
Block I 
0 – 20 kWh 
250 
Block II 
> 20 kWh – 60 kWh 
370 
Block III 
> 60 kWh 
420 
S2/TR (5) 
> 2,200 VA to 200 kVA 
30.5 
Block I 
0 – 60 hours on 
380 
Block II 
> 60 hours on after 
430 
S3/TM 
> 200 kVA 
29.5 
Block WBP 
KxPx325 
Block LWBP 
Px325 
R1/TR (1) 
Up to 450 VA 
11 
Block I 
0 – 30 kWh 
169 
Block II 
> 30 kWh – 60 kWh 
360 
Block III 
> 60 kWh 
495 
R1/TR (2) 
900 VA 
20 
Block I 
0 – 20 kWh 
275 
Block II 
> 20 kWh – 60 kWh 
445 
Block III 
> 60 kWh 
495 
R1/TR (3) 
1,300 VA 
30.1 
Block I 
0 – 20 kWh 
385 
Block II 
> 20 kWh – 60 kWh 
445 
Block III 
> 60 kWh 
495 
R1/TR (4) 
2,200 VA 
30.2 
Block I 
0 – 20 kWh 
390 
Block II 
> 20 kWh – 60 kWh 
445 
Block III 
> 60 kWh 
495 
R2/TR 
> 2,200 VA to 6,600 VA 
30.4 
560 
R3/TR 
> 6,600 VA 
34.26 
621 
After look at the price of electricity, I match LEAF charging specification with the price. All of the charging types are under S2 class, but only Slow charge under TR (4) and the rest are TR (5).
Type 
VA 
kWh 
Class 
Block 
Slow Charge 
2,000 
32 
S2/TR (4) 
II 
Fast Charge 
4,400 
35.2 
S2/TR (5) 
I 
Quick Charge 
8,800 
3.67 
S2/TR (5) 
I 
I calculate the total cost based on the charging type and it’s pricing category, then looking for the cost per km, which is the total cost divided by maximum range (see the first table).
Type 
Charge Cost 
Usage Cost 
Total 
Cost/km (Rp) 
Slow Charge 
54 
11,840 
11,894 
74.34 
Fast Charge 
134.2 
13,376 
13,510.2 
84.44 
Quick Charge 
268.4 
1,393.33 
1,661.73 
12.98 
Then I compare with the ordinary gasoline car. I chose Nissan Livina with HR15DE engine, because this car fall under same category based on the body size with LEAF. Assuming Octane 88 price : Rp 4,500/l; Octane 92 : Rp 6,000/l; Octane 95 : Rp 6,200/l
Type 
Fuel Cons. (km/l) 
Cost/km (Rp) 
Octane 88 
Octane 92 
Octane 95 
City 
11 
409.09 
545.45 
563.64 
Combination 
16 
281.25 
375 
387.5 
Highway 
21 
214.29 
285.71 
295.24 
Then I calculate the percentage of how much Indonesians could save if they use LEAF instead of Livina.
 In the City

Slow 
Fast 
Quick 
Octane 88 
81.83% 
79.36% 
96.83% 
Octane 92 
86.37% 
84.52% 
97.62% 
Octane 95 
86.81% 
85.02% 
97.70% 
 In the Combination Route

Slow 
Fast 
Quick 
Octane 88 
73.57% 
69.98% 
95.38% 
Octane 92 
80.18% 
77.48% 
96.54% 
Octane 95 
80.82% 
78.21% 
96.95% 
 In the Highway

Slow 
Fast 
Quick 
Octane 88 
65.31% 
60.60% 
93.94% 
Octane 92 
73.98% 
70.45% 
96.46% 
Octane 95 
74.82% 
71.40% 
95.60% 
The calculation shows that Indonesians could save at least 70% of their daily operational cost if they’re using LEAF. From here we also know that the Quick Charge could give the cheapest cost among the three charging type, but don’t use it too much because the battery is not charge in full capacity.
So, buy a LEAF everyone??
—
Anton Hermansyah