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    Sorry for the delayed response... ran out to a movie right after posting comments and hadn't checked them!

    As some other commenters below mentioned, the Leaf comes with a 120V charger than can be plugged into a regular outlet, but takes 20 hours to charge the car from empty to full.

    I installed a 240V charger in my garage so I could use the full range of the car each day if I wanted.  I also wanted one because I plan on continuing to buy EVs in the future, and with battery improvements they will probably have higher capacity batteries that will take even longer to charge.  I bought mine for $750 from Amazon... they are also available at Lowes and Home Depot.  Prices have been dropping fast, and that should continue over the next few years.

    I added the 240V circuit and plug to my garage myself for $50.  I had the advantage of having a 125A main on my house, current low usage due to efficiency improvements I've already made, and an unused slot in my breaker panel.  Any newer house shouldn't be too difficult to add a new circuit as long as it is near your breaker box, but if you have to pay an electrician to do it, costs could rise quickly.

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