cwerdna
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:55 am

jonathanfields4ever wrote:Sorry about that. I’m living close to Kyoto. Went to a dealership in Mie Prefecture for faster delivery. Every dealership I contacted near me said beginning of April and/or no EV subsidy. Both were unacceptable for me.

Updated the info in my profile as well.

Cool!

There are very few (almost none?) participants here on MNL who are in Japan. I take it that the process of buying a new car is different than in the US? Do dealers there carry much or any new inventory? If no, is it all pretty much build to order and you have to wait?

(I did see the Note e-Power (https://www.nissan-global.com/EN/DESIGN ... E_E-POWER/) when I was at Tokyo Motor Show a few months ago, along w/at Nissan's HQ in Yokohama.)

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jonathanfields4ever
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:36 am

cwerdna wrote:
jonathanfields4ever wrote:Sorry about that. I’m living close to Kyoto. Went to a dealership in Mie Prefecture for faster delivery. Every dealership I contacted near me said beginning of April and/or no EV subsidy. Both were unacceptable for me.

Updated the info in my profile as well.

Cool!

There are very few (almost none?) participants here on MNL who are in Japan. I take it that the process of buying a new car is different than in the US? Do dealers there carry much or any new inventory? If no, is it all pretty much build to order and you have to wait?

(I did see the Note e-Power (https://www.nissan-global.com/EN/DESIGN ... E_E-POWER/) when I was at Tokyo Motor Show a few months ago, along w/at Nissan's HQ in Yokohama.)


It seems like they keep a decent amount of cars in stock, yeah, but the Leaf is so new that it’s in high demand. The EV subsidy is getting ready to end too, so I think there’s a bit of a rush.

I snuck a peak at the guy’s sheet and it looked like they had about 12, a handful each of white, silver, dark grey, and one red. Only the white ones had heated seats in back, so I went with that. I don’t care at all about color, and my wife and daughter hate heaters (Japanese people can be funny about climate control), so that was a must have option.

They said I could go with anything and have it built by the 1st of April. I don’t know if that’s a good turn-around time or not, but if they can do it in the States they’ll be decent competition for Tesla. Especially since Japanese Leaf drivers are reporting a range of 150-200 miles. Though... speed limits here are insanely low, so that may not hold in the States, I donno.

It’s cool you got to come out to look at cars. Nissan is doing pretty neat stuff. I really love the idea of a series hybrid, and I was waiting for one to come out. It drove really well. Very peppy. The engine noise had absolutely nothing to do with how the car moved which was weird, but kinda cool. The e-Pedal wasn’t as strong as the Leaf, but otherwise it felt very similar. It’s smaller than the Leaf, but the inside felt more spacious to me (brochure confirmed it).

I was actually ready to pull the trigger, but my online research showed that it got wayyyy worse MPG than advertised. The brochure says 80MPG, but people on forums were reporting anywhere from 40-60 depending on the season. Still darn good, but well behind the Honda Fit and Toyota Aqua hybrids I looked at.

I’m not sure this is the place for this discussion, so I’ll end here. At any rate, I’m excited about my purchase.

ScottUrman
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:07 pm

Hello all,
We have just jumped into the EV world with the newest addition to our family, a 2017 Leaf S. Purchased yesterday with only 75 miles on the odometer, even though we got it at the used car price. :) His nickname is Sid.

So far so good, looking forward to thumbing my nose at all of the gas stations we pass! My next task is to get a 220 charger for home (thinking https://smile.amazon.com/Maxx-16-Portable-Electric-Vehicle-mounting/dp/B01LFW1OK6/ref=sr_1_5?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1516655031&sr=1-5&keywords=level+2+ev+charger+nema+10-30R or https://smile.amazon.com/100-240V-Portable-Electric-Charging-Compatible/dp/B077KZ4MH7/ref=sr_1_6?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1516658686&sr=1-6&keywords=nissan%2Bleaf%2Bcharger%2Blevel%2B2&th=1. Although we have a NEMA- 10-30R dryer plug available, and those seem to be 10-30, not sure of the difference there...

Would appreciate any advice for a new Leaf owner!
Thanks,
Scott

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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:08 pm

ScottUrman wrote:Hello all,
We have just jumped into the EV world with the newest addition to our family, a 2017 Leaf S. Purchased yesterday with only 75 miles on the odometer, even though we got it at the used car price. :) His nickname is Sid.

So far so good, looking forward to thumbing my nose at all of the gas stations we pass! My next task is to get a 220 charger for home (thinking https://smile.amazon.com/Maxx-16-Portable-Electric-Vehicle-mounting/dp/B01LFW1OK6/ref=sr_1_5?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1516655031&sr=1-5&keywords=level+2+ev+charger+nema+10-30R or https://smile.amazon.com/100-240V-Portable-Electric-Charging-Compatible/dp/B077KZ4MH7/ref=sr_1_6?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1516658686&sr=1-6&keywords=nissan%2Bleaf%2Bcharger%2Blevel%2B2&th=1. Although we have a NEMA- 10-30R dryer plug available, and those seem to be 10-30, not sure of the difference there...

Would appreciate any advice for a new Leaf owner!
Thanks,
Scott


Welcome to the club!

To answer your question, the first link (maxx-16) has a dedicated 10-30 plug head on it. The second one has a Nema6-20 plug that comes with an adapter to fit the 10-30 receptacle. All else being equal, the dedicated plug is preferred (fewer connectors to potentially short. Note that these will only charge your car at 3.3kw (16A x 220V), so plan your charging accordingly.
:: Leaf S30 :: build date: Sep '16 :: purchased: Nov '16
Date - Miles / GIDs:
May '17 - 7300 mi / 363
Sep '17 - 13k mi / 359
Oct '17 - 15.5k mi / 344
Nov '17 - 17.1k mi / 332
Jan '18 - 18.9k mi / 326
Feb '18 - 20.5k mi / 333 ?!?!

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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:34 pm

While we're on the subject, US household line current is designated 120 and 240 volts, despite minor deviations. 110 and 220 are long gone here.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium and no QC, a 2009 Vectrix VX-1 W/18 Leaf modules, and 3 EZIP E-bicycles.
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:22 pm

Get this EVSE instead:

http://www.e-zencar.net/product/evse-32a/

Never had any issues with mine, charges at full rate, will run 120v/240v at a range of amperage rates that you get to pick when you order. I ordered mine with a NEMA 14-50 plug, then I removed the unused neutral pin so I could plug it into 14-30 receptacles too. Not suggesting you do that, it's your call as you need to drop the amperage rate to 26A or less if you want to use a 14-30R.

And it's portable too. Hard to go wrong, especially at the price point.
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
1-1/4" Curt #11396 hitch
After market, DIY LED DRLs
LeafSpy Pro + Konnwei KW902 ELM327 BT OBDII dongle
Loving my first BEV :D

ScottUrman
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:46 am

alozzy wrote:Get this EVSE instead:

http://www.e-zencar.net/product/evse-32a/

Never had any issues with mine, charges at full rate, will run 120v/240v at a range of amperage rates that you get to pick when you order. I ordered mine with a NEMA 14-50 plug, then I removed the unused neutral pin so I could plug it into 14-30 receptacles too. Not suggesting you do that, it's your call as you need to drop the amperage rate to 26A or less if you want to use a 14-30R.

And it's portable too. Hard to go wrong, especially at the price point.


I've got a 30 amp circuit with the existing 10-30 plug. It looks like the zencar EVSE is on amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Charger-Adjustable-Portable-Electric-Charging/dp/B075V4JNYS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516726039&sr=8-1&keywords=zencar%2Badjustable%2Bevse&th=1 - is that the same one you linked? I would have to either change the plug or get an adapter from 10-30R to 14-50 though.

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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:44 am

Order it direct from their website (the one I linked to). You can then choose the amperage settings you want and also ask them to put whatever plug you want on it.
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
1-1/4" Curt #11396 hitch
After market, DIY LED DRLs
LeafSpy Pro + Konnwei KW902 ELM327 BT OBDII dongle
Loving my first BEV :D

jonathanfields4ever
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:26 pm

Took delivery today. Forgot to take a USB cable with me so I could test out CarPlay. I thought it could wait until I got home, but it turns out the USB is screwy. Tried a bunch of settings, several different phones, and two different cables. No go. Figures.

Drives nice, though. The ride home was great. Waiting for a call back from the dealership.

EDIT: Dude from the dealership came out and had me hook my phone up to the test drive Leaf. Worked immediately. They’re going to find me a loaner Leaf and see what they can do with mine in the next few days. What. The. F.

sigurdk
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Re: The official "I got my Leaf" thread

Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:47 pm

We bought a 2015 Leaf S 6.6 kw with 27k miles on it from private seller about a month ago, and have ran it maybe 700 miles around town (San Diego) since then. Also bought a Clipper Creek LCS-30 EVSE (used from eBay) and had electrician put in a 50A NEMA 14-50 receptacle on a 50A breaker.

This is my first EV, and love the car!

Very minor annoyances are:

1) Charging timer doesn't seem totally reliable (in addition to being confusing): I have observed it charge after the set stop time.
2) Windshield wiper spray so weak it's bordering on useless (installed new blades just in case).

Before the warranty runs out in June, I need to upgrade or fix the TCU as it does not transmit data at present.

All in all - so far so good!

And thanks for all the good info I have gleaned from here.
'15 LEAF S 6.6Kw
VIN: 322824
San Diego Coastal

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