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Re: Charging Etiquette - What Would You Recommend?

Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:33 am

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Re: Charging Etiquette - What Would You Recommend?

Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:01 am

On the Leaf, it can easily be unlocked with a screw driver...

Gadget619 wrote: Curious to know, is there any way to manually unlock a charger that is locked to the vehicle?
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Re: Charging Etiquette - What Would You Recommend?

Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:43 am

LeftieBiker wrote:I don't remember seeing the EVSE lock selector on my 2018, and I first drove a 2013 so I'm familiar with it. Do we still have one...?

Yes we do. It's in the dash "settings" menu selected with the steering wheel buttons.

You can choose always locked while plugged in, always unlocked while plugged in & Auto which I believe locks until fully charged & then unlocks.

This is a prime scenario where having a charge to 80% would be extra nice because you could receive a full 6.6kW charge & then auto unlock the connector so someone else could charge without you needing to do anything in person.

Also I wish the Leaf's charging indicator lights were 4 or even better 5 led's so it was more apparent what the SOC is. Having two solid lights & one blinking being anywhere between 67% & 99% is kinda useless IMO.

Maybe they could've kept the form factor & made them change color as the SOC climbed...
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Re: Charging Etiquette - What Would You Recommend?

Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:22 pm

Ah, they went from a rocker switch to a virtual item on a menu. Got it.
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Re: Charging Etiquette - What Would You Recommend?

Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:28 pm

I never lock the port when public charging, if someone needs the charge such as emergency , kids stuff etc then have at it. No damage done.
The lock on the Leaf is shall we say useless anyway as it can be disabled with a plastic spoon or a comb and probably a chopstick if you had one.
The only time I disconnected a locked leaf from a public EVSE when it had finished charging as indicated by the lights on the dash and the EVSE itself. The driver came out about 45 minutes later and as it turns out she borrowed the car from her parents and had no idea about the locking switch options on the dash . :roll:
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Re: Charging Etiquette - What Would You Recommend?

Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:04 pm

Thanks everyone for your replies and advice. I appreciate the assistance!

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Re: Charging Etiquette - What Would You Recommend?

Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:52 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:I don't remember seeing the EVSE lock selector on my 2018, and I first drove a 2013 so I'm familiar with it. Do we still have one...?

You can lock and unlock on the same screen that does the delayed timing.
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Re: Charging Etiquette - What Would You Recommend?

Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:53 am

I was concerned about this. Right now there is very little in the ways of charging options in my area right now. The county is planning on buying some EVs (Bolts) and installing a public charging station in the town where I work at one county owned buildings. It's great for me with my older Leaf, but I worry about other people not being so polite when it comes to sharing this (most likely) limited resource. I am hoping to talk to the mayor about expanding out into the town itself since they have been building up their downtown. The town has quite a number of parking lots and it would not be difficult to add charging stations. They already rewired all of their street parking meters and parking lot pay stations so I know they are interested in technology. It's a matter of convincing them it's worth the money... And hoping they don't charge an arm and leg to charge.
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Re: Charging Etiquette - What Would You Recommend?

Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:03 pm

Gadget619 wrote:So I left a note congratulating them on their new Leaf purchase and asked them to not unplug me when my vehicle is charging. I said I would be happy to plug in there vehicle in the future when I am done charging and asked that they not lock their charger to their vehicle so others could use it when the vehicle was fully charged. I let them know I have a battery that is much smaller than theirs and I don’t have the same range.
Perfect! I'm guessing that they are new and don't understand that your battery is smaller and you may not be able to get home without charging. Hopefully, they will be more accommodating and not just hog the free electrons, charging only at work and not at home.
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Re: Charging Etiquette - What Would You Recommend?

Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:19 pm

I'm going to copy and paste a post from last week; this is what happened to me a couple of weeks ago.

Just last week, early in the morning, I went to to a park with 2 free L2 chargers. There was an event that day and every parking spot was taken. Two Teslas were parked and plugged in at the free chargers... this was early in the morning.
I left a note on both cars with my phone# to text me when they're done so that I could charge my car.
I really needed to charge, I had no other option if I wanted to go home.

I get two texts from to different numbers, one at 16:45 one at 16:55 saying "Done charging"
The park closed at 17:00

So those guys used the EV charging spot all day since parking in the park was full.

Luckily the guard let me plug in and leave my car (park had a gate) and gave me his cell # to call to pick up the car two hours later.
I got this service only because this place was owned by the same company I was there doing business with.

So it was not cool that they had their car plugged in from 9am to almost 5pm ... just because it was convenient to just leave the car there.
That's why Tesla is starting to charge a fee after the car is fully charged but still plugged in.

Regardless if it's a free station or not, they need to enforce time limit in EV charge parking spots and start ticketing EVs parked there after a time limit and also put a sign that non EVs will be towed.
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