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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:00 am

Levenkay wrote:For public charging that you don't NEED to use (like plugging in while you buy some groceries), L2 is fine. But if you're "having to wait" for a public charge, you should be using a DC fast charger.


Having made a fairly long trip with only L2 charging, I'd like a 20kW L2 option. Sure, someday DCQC will be many places, but I suspect the more remote areas will never have anything but L2.
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:10 pm

Levenkay wrote:
be236 wrote:I bought a used CPO Nissan LEAF 2017 S red colour with about 6000 miles at my local Nissan dealer in Kirkland WA. Has Quick Charger and was made in May 2017. Pretty cool. Fun driving it... though trying to get used to having to wait so long for public L2 charging.
For public charging that you don't NEED to use (like plugging in while you buy some groceries), L2 is fine. But if you're "having to wait" for a public charge, you should be using a DC fast charger.


First there are not that many public QC stations near me that are free... And most (near me) are expensive, around $8 per QC session. So I'm stuck at L2 for awhile... just waiting 45 minutes to charge at L2 to gain 20 miles is a pain, but I guess I have to accept it. Thankfully, I dont drive many miles for my daily commute yet, so I typically charge up once-a-week or so.
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:12 pm

WetEV wrote:
Levenkay wrote:For public charging that you don't NEED to use (like plugging in while you buy some groceries), L2 is fine. But if you're "having to wait" for a public charge, you should be using a DC fast charger.


Having made a fairly long trip with only L2 charging, I'd like a 20kW L2 option. Sure, someday DCQC will be many places, but I suspect the more remote areas will never have anything but L2.


Yeah, 20kwh L2 charging would be nice... 6kwh L2 is just bearable, and I feel sorry for those with just 3kwh L2 charging...
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:41 pm

I noticed a lot of people here are "placing orders for their new 2018 LEAFs."

That's strange, since in WA here, most of the Nissan dealers I've visited have a ton of 2018 LEAFs sitting in their parking lot waiting to be bought/sold...

Plenty of them for sale here for immediate pickup the day you buy them...
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:02 pm

be236 wrote:Yeah, 20kwh L2 charging would be nice... 6kwh L2 is just bearable, and I feel sorry for those with just 3kwh L2 charging...

Everyone lacking a physics/engineering background goes through this as a new EV driver, but the "speed rating" of various vehicle charging arrangements should be stated simply in watts (or kilowatts), not watt hours (or kilowatt hours).

Going even farther off-topic, I think EV manufacturers have an opportunity to address all of these issues: 1) eliminating the expense of having extra onboard electronics for charging, 2) the expense of manufacturing DCQC fast charging equipment, 3) Increasing charging rates from AC mains supplies, and 4) providing the benefits of "vehicle - to - grid" (or to-home) power delivery, by exploiting the vehicles' main power conversion systems, which are already capable of serving all these functions. Seems to me that all of these could be done at the trivial (compared to the onboard charger cost) cost of one additional contactor relay, some additional software, and some badly needed legislatively-enforced specifications for the vehicle's external power connectors.

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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:03 am

Levenkay wrote:
be236 wrote:Yeah, 20kwh L2 charging would be nice... 6kwh L2 is just bearable, and I feel sorry for those with just 3kwh L2 charging...

Everyone lacking a physics/engineering background goes through this as a new EV driver, but the "speed rating" of various vehicle charging arrangements should be stated simply in watts (or kilowatts), not watt hours (or kilowatt hours).

Going even farther off-topic, I think EV manufacturers have an opportunity to address all of these issues: 1) eliminating the expense of having extra onboard electronics for charging, 2) the expense of manufacturing DCQC fast charging equipment, 3) Increasing charging rates from AC mains supplies, and 4) providing the benefits of "vehicle - to - grid" (or to-home) power delivery, by exploiting the vehicles' main power conversion systems, which are already capable of serving all these functions. Seems to me that all of these could be done at the trivial (compared to the onboard charger cost) cost of one additional contactor relay, some additional software, and some badly needed legislatively-enforced specifications for the vehicle's external power connectors.


Yeah, I tend to mix-up "kwh" and "kw."
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:41 pm

Thought I'd post and let everyone know that I found a 2013 Leaf with 12 bars showing and decided to buy it. Perhaps the original owner is a member. Whoever it is took great care of the car, so I'm quite pleased to be the second owner and will take just as good care of the car.

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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:36 pm

I too just got a new leaf. It’s a 2015 S with 605 miles (now about 640 after the driving around over the weekend). This is my first experience with an electric car. So far I love how it drives and how quiet it is. I’ve got this big ol smile on my face most if the time. Seriously I think driving this car will lower my blood pressure. Tomorrow I will be taking it to work. It’s a short trip but about a mile of it is up a pretty good hill, so I’m curious what that will do to the range. I’m charging it now though I’m sure It will be fine for a few days of driving.

Steve

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