foxtrot
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Coquihalla

Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:12 am

Has anyone drove thier leaf from lower mainland on the coquihalla to Kelowna? There is charging station in Merriot and Hope, but with highway driving and hills, we are unsure if leaf can make the stretches between charging stations.

alozzy
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Re: Coquihalla

Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:16 pm

With a 24kWh pack, there's no way you can make it. Not sure if even a 30 kWh pack could (doubtful).

Go Hwy 3 instead, as there are DCQC stations in Hope, Manning Park, Princeton, Keremeos, and Penticton.

I haven't tried it, but Hwy 1 is another option but that route takes a long time (Hope -> Boston Bar -> Spences Bridge -> Kamloops -> Chase -> Salmon Arm -> Vernon)

You'll find all the DCQC stations on plugshare.com

Also, use the EV trip planner (www.evtripplanner.com) with the LEAF Beta profile to estimate how doable each leg is and leave some margin for error.

Good luck!
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alozzy
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Re: Coquihalla

Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:26 pm

Looks like the Spences Bridge to Kamloops leg would be tough in a 24 kWh Leaf using DCQC only. However, if you spent half an hour doing L2 charging in Cache Creek then that would give you the boost you'd need (an extra 3 kWh).

All this assumes your Leaf has the QC package of course...
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foxtrot
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Re: Coquihalla

Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:37 pm

Fantastic!! Thank you! We have second vehicle, but we are curious if anyone has tried it.

alozzy
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Re: Coquihalla

Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:26 pm

It's definitely been tried - both successfully and unsuccessfully! Those who have succeeded with a 24 kWh pack kept their speed under 70 kph, charged at the old toll booth, and took the Coldwater exit to get to Merritt.

The leg from Merritt to Kelowna should use slightly less energy, but AFAIK there are no charging options at all until you reach Peachland. Having said that, there is the Elkhart Lodge which I think still sells gasoline and it might be possible to charge at 120V there. Would be awesome if they would put in a 240V L2 EVSE there. There were rumours that the owners were looking to sell though, don't know if that actually happened.
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alozzy
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Re: Coquihalla

Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:32 pm

Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
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Loving my first BEV :D

alozzy
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Re: Coquihalla

Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:26 pm

There is now a DCQC (25 kW since only single phase) at the Loon Lake rest area, between Merritt and Kelowna. Another DCQC is planned for the Britton Creek rest area, which is just past where the toll booths used to be. Hopefully, sometime this summer, it will be possible to drive the Coquihalla in a 24 kWh LEAF from Hope through to Kelowna.

Photo of likely location at the Britton Creek rest area:

https://goo.gl/maps/NTgCqQR3MaE2
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
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webeleafowners
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Re: Coquihalla

Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:40 am

That Future fast charger in Britton rest stop will be a huge asset to the Coquihalla route. Has anybody got any concrete info on this addition?
2015 Smart Electric Drive convertible.
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alozzy
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Re: Coquihalla

Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:35 pm

Just this...

https://www.tranbc.ca/2016/10/13/we-hea ... way-in-bc/

See my comments and the response I got.
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

webeleafowners
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Re: Coquihalla

Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:51 pm

I asked for an update on your inquiry. Keep the pressure on. The other couple we need open are Rogers pass and Field.
2015 Smart Electric Drive convertible.
2016 Nissan Leaf SV 30KWh
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