Hi all. John and Angela here again. We are a two EV household. We have a smart ED and a 2016 Leaf SE. The smart game with this nifty 8/12 amp 120 volt pushbutton selectable EVSE. We really haven't used it that much since we got the Juice box 40 amp wifi EVSE a couple years ago. But this year Angelas wants more room in the garage for her projects so the leaf is out and the smart is in. If I need a faster charge on the Leaf I can just run the cable under the door from the Juice box. However I will be using the old smart EVSE for the leaf as I have it up on the columnt by the door and plug it into the Christmas light plug. See pic. We live in Canada and most of the year it is not a really hot climate but in summer we can hit 37 degrees C. Here is what I was thinking. On days when I want to start out with a 100 percent full charge I'll plug it in before bed when it is cooler and time it so that it will be 100 percent just before I hit the road in the morning. That way its not at 100 percent for very long. On days where it is not down to much but I still need that 100 percent in the morning I can use the 8 amp setting for even a slower charge. Thoughts on the low current charging?
Also, any problem having the car plugged into the EVSE but the EVSE not being plugged in? (or in this case the light switch for the outside plug not being turned on?) Then I can plug it in when i come home but not turn the switch on till I go to bed.
The car is two years old next month. I don't have leaf spy so don't know how my battery is doing but it still charges to 180 ish kilometers at 18 degrees C. About 10,000 ish KM on the car. I have heated it up a couple times (consecutive fast charges on long hot trips but probably less than 20 fast charges overall. We love the car and have had zero problems. Planning on a long range generation 2 leaf to replace the smart ED in 2020.
As per usual, thanks for your comments. Great knowledgeable community here.
2015 Smart Electric Drive convertible.
2016 Nissan Leaf SV 30KWh
EV only Family...well except for the big diesel motorhome.